Members of Naval Station Everett’s (NSE) Oil Spill Response Team (OSRT) deploy an oil spill containment boom in order to capture simulated oil during the OSRT’s annual training near pier A on NSE. The training is designed to prepare the OSRT to protect the environment and surrounding waters at NSE. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/ Released)
After the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince Williams Sound in 1989 spilling approximately 11 million gallon of crude oil, U.S. Congress enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 dramatically changing how the U.S. prevents, prepares for, and responds to oil spills.In the twenty-five years since this historic bill was passed, these prevention, preparedness, and response regimes have dramatically reduced the spillage of oil and other hazardous substances within the Salish Sea.
In this class Captain Raymond will cover how the U.S. Coast Guard actively works to prevent oil spills, coordinates with its many partners to prepare for potential spills, and proactively responds when oil does enter the water. Additionally, he will discuss how the Coast Guard and its many partners at the state, local, tribal, industry, and NGO level are continually assessing the potential risks posed by proposed new maritime projects and looking at ways to further mitigate the risk of oil spills.