Renewable Fuels on the West Coast

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Renewable Fuels on the West Coast

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
A Virtual Event

12:30 - 5:00 pm PT

This virtual event, hosted by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration’s (OR&R) Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center will delve into these renewable fules to improve understanding of transportation routes, fate, behavior, toxicity, and analytical methods. This workshop will assist NRDA practitioners in becoming better prepared to conduct injury assessments for spills of these types and spill responders are also encouraged to attend to learn more about these oils.  

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Educate responders and NRDA practitioners in the West Coast region about renewable fuels;

  • Increase understanding of these renewable fuels and how they are transported; and

  • Improve understanding of the fate & transport and potential damage/impact to the ecosystem.

AGENDA here>>


Welcome and Logistics, Nancy Kinner, Facilitator - Coastal Response Reserch Center

Background and Goals, Marla Steinhoff - NOAA OR&R ARD

Define Renewable Fuels, Dalina Thrift-Viveros - NOAA OR&R ERD

Overview of Commodity Flow/Production and Transportation, LT Aidan Leddy-Phillips, U.S. Coast Guard, Pacific Strike Team

State of Washington, Brian Kirk - Washington Dept of Ecology

State of California, Gordon Schremp - California Energy Commission

State of Oregon, Don Pettit - Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality

Fate, Behavior and Response:

Mark Howard, U.S. EPA, OEM/RID Oil Program

Greg McGowan, California, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR)

Toxicity and Analysis, Martice Vaquez - California, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR)

Case Studies:

Vegetable Oil Fish Kill (WA), Geoff Baran, WA Dept of Ecology

2007 Biodiesel Spill, Dave Byers, WA Dept of Ecology

San Francisco East Bay Myster Spill, Laurie Sullivan - NOAA ORR ARD


NEIC - San Francisco Bay Bird Kill (2015) Part 1 here>>  Part 2 Analytical Results here>>

Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force 2020 Annual Report here>>

U.S. Energy Information Administration, weekly petroleum status report here>>



Nancy Kinner, co-director Coastal Response Research Center, UNH

Marla Steinhoff, NOAA OR&R Assessment and Restoration Division

Geoff Baran, Washington Dept of Ecology

Laurie Sullivan, NOAA OR&R Assessment and Restoration Division

Jordan Stout, NOAA OR&R ERD

Dalina Thrift-Viveros, NOAA OR&R ARD



For more information, please contact Kathy Mandsager.