NRDA Workshop for Emerging Oils on the West Coast

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NRDA Workshop for Emerging Oils on the West Coast

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
A Virtual Event

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PDT

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 emerging oils 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 emerging oils. Spill responders are also encouraged to attend to learn more about these oils.    

Ojectives of this workshop include:

  • Educating NRDA practitioners in the West Coast region about emerging oils (bakken, biodiesel, biofuels, ethanol, low-sulphur fuels, and waxy crude oil);
  • Improving understanding of the fate & transport and potential damage/impact to the ecosystem; and
  • Increasing understanding of these emerging oils and how they are transported.


NRDA West Coast Emerging Oils Report (released January 2022)


Plenary Session on October 5, 2021. Video recording of plenary proceedings available here>>



See here>>



Welcome and Objectives, Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center and Marla Steinhoff, NOAA ORR ARD

Overview of Tar Sands and Bakken Crudes, Heather Dettman, Natural Resources Canada

Overview of Biodiesel, Biofuels and Ethanol, Bruce Hollebone, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Gordon Schremp, California Energy Commission

Overview of Low-Sulphur Fuels & Waxy Crude Oil, Per Daling, SINTEF Ocean Norway

Emerging Fuels and Their Transportation:

Overview of Transportation, LCDR Cliff Graham, USCG HQ Offic eof Marine Environmental Response Policy

State of Washington Perspectives on Transportation, Sonja Larson, Dept of Ecology

State of California Perspectives on Transportation, Gordon Schremp, Energy Commission

State of Oregon Perspectives on Transportation, Don Pettit, Dept of Environmental Quality

Fate and Behavior, Bruce Hollebone, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Toxicity, Julie Adams, Queen's University

Analysis, Dalina Thrift-Viveros, NOAA OR&R Emergency Response Division

 Day 2 - Case Study of Enbridge Spill, Jessica Winter-Stoltzman, Ecochem

 Day 3 - Refresher on Bakken Oil, Heather Dettman, Natural Resources Canada



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



For more information, please contact Kathy Mandsager.