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Polaris Integrated SCAT Management Application (PRISM)

In an effort to improve SCAT data collection and decrease errors associated with those data Polaris is developing the Polaris Integrated SCAT Management Application (PRISM).  This application is a suite of open-source and/or affordable software which allows for SCAT data to be collected in the field using mobile devices, uploaded to a data repository, and reviewed and Read more about Polaris Integrated SCAT Management Application (PRISM)[…]

National Contingency Plan Workshops: Suriname, Trinidad, and Mexico (October 2018)

Dr. Elliott Taylor provided oil spill expert facilitation for three National Workshops on Contingency Planning and Implementation of the OPRC Convention organized by the IMO RAC REMPEITC – Carib. Workshops were conducted in Paramaribo, Suriname (17-19 Oct.), Port of Spain, Trinidad (22-24 Oct.),and Cd. Del Carmen, Mexico (29-31 Oct. 2018). A key activity for each Read more about National Contingency Plan Workshops: Suriname, Trinidad, and Mexico (October 2018)[…]

TransMountain Oil Spill Exercise (18-19 Sep. 2018)

Elliott Taylor, Jose Rios, and Stephan Gmur participated in the worst-case oil spill response exercise for the TransMountain Pipleine Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, BC.  The Polaris team provided scientific and technical support for the Environmental Unit and SCAT activities related to a scenario of a dilbit release into Burrard Inlet. https://www.transmountain.com/news/2018/trans-mountain-conducts-full-scale-emergency-exercise-in-burrard-inlet https://globalnews.ca/news/4467491/trans-mountain-emergency-oil-spill-exercise-burrard-inlet/

Belize National Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Validation Workshop (8-10 August 2018)

Dr. Elliott Taylor and Mr. Jose Rios led a 2 ½ day workshop in Belize City to deliver the final National Oil Spill Contingency Plan to participants representing government, industry, ports, and NGOs. The final deliverables included atlases for spill sensitivity and operations/logistics, quantitative spill risk analysis study and spill trajectories analysis, spill equipment recommendations, Read more about Belize National Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Validation Workshop (8-10 August 2018)[…]

Spill Readiness Assessment for Oil Production Operations in Colombia (20-26 June 2018)

Dr. Elliott Taylor and Mr. Jose Rios conducted interviews, evaluated exercises and ongoing cleanup activities, and completed field site assessments of Gran Tierra’s operations in Putumayo and Magdalena Medio regions. Results of the spill response program were summarized using the ARPEL RETOS tool, identifying opportunities for improvements to the spill preparedness  program.