Forum Agenda

The International Spill Control Organization, (ISCO) thru its Executive Committee and Membership present:

The International Forum on Group V (non-buoyant) Oil

September 9-10, 2014

Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority

Detroit, MI

Program Objectives and Outline

In our changing world, we as spill response professionals, face the challenge of keeping our environment safe while meeting our energy needs.

This Forum intends to explore multiple aspects of spill response for Group V classified oils, emerging production of oils such as Bitumen and Dilbit with the potential for sinking, and other heavy oils known to sink.

The platform and presentations are being structured to facilitate better understanding between the various parties of the response community. Each discipline can ascertain from others the importance of how they intersect in relation to regulatory issues, scientific findings, production and transport, spill preparedness, spill management and spill response.

Track One: Regulatory Rulemaking Updates 

A. OSRO Classification and Group V Oils

B. Response Plans and Group V Oils

C. OPA 90 – New Trends in Transport – Rail and Pipeline Issues

Track Two:  Fate and Behavior of Group V Non-Buoyant Sinking Oils

A. Properties of Group V Oil and Submerged Oil Releases

B. Emerging Issues of Potential Sinking Oil: Oil Sands, Dilbit and Bitumen

C. Explore the different environments at risk

Track Three: Storage and Transport issues (maritime, pipelines, rail and trucking)

A. Trends in Transport: Rail and Pipeline

B. Risk Mitigation and Spill Response Planning

C. Industry Safeguards 

D. Community Information Programs 

Track Four: Detection and Surveillance of Non-Buoyant Sinking Oils

A. Submerged Oil Detection Techniques

B. Existing and Emerging Technologies and Practices

Track Five: Group V Response Preparedness

A. Group V Oils and Response Planning on the Regional and Local Level (Area Contingency Plans)

B. International Agreements and Cooperation

C. Interagency Issues

Track Six: Group V Non-Buoyant Sinking Oil Spill Response:

A. Spill Management

B. Response Strategies and Counter-Measures

C. Submerged Oil Containment Techniques

D. Recovery Methodologies for Submerged Oils

E. Equipment and Materials Available for Group V Sinking Oil Response

F. Case Studies



Preliminary Program: Below is a partial list of presentations that have been processed to date. 


Title: API Study on Detection and Recovery of Sunken Oil

Authors: Jacqueline Michel, Research Planning, Inc., Mark Ploen, QualiTech, Inc.

Presenter: Jacqueline Michel, Research Planning, Inc.


Title: Lessons Learned from Marshall, MI –  Activation of the Necessary Response Components for Sinking Oil

Presenter: Ralph Dollhoph, USEPA FOSC

Title: NRDA Considerations for Release of Dilbit and Bitumin Products into the Environment.

Authors: Jessica Winter – NOAA, Bob Hadad – NOAA

Presenter: Jessica Winter – NOAA

Title: Fast Attack Spill Response For Diluted Bitumen & Bakken Shale Oil 

Presenter: John Brinkman, Pres. & CEO Imbibitive Technologies.

Title: Canadian Case Studies, Response techniques used in 2013 for submerged oil recovery in the Chaudière River  of a Bakken Formation Crude oil.Response techniques used in 2005 and 2006 for the submerged oil recovery in Lake Wabamun Bunker C oil. 

Presenter: Mark Brown, ECRC Manager Great Lakes Region

Title: Diver Safety and Production when working with Submerged Oil Recovery

Presenter: David DeVilbiss, Vice President, Global Diving Services

Title: Prospective Shipping of Heavy Oils: USCG 9th District Perspective

Presenter: Jerry Popiel, USCG 9th District Incident Management Advisor

Title: Sunken Oil Recovery Systems: FOSC Recommendations 

Presenter: Kurt A. Hansen,​ U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center

Title: Properties and Behavior of Dilbits and Bitumen

Presenter: Merv Fingas, Spill Science


Title: Case Study: DBL 152 Detection Methods, RecoveryTechniques, Response Measures Considered and Adapted, End Point Clean Up Determination and Resource Trustee Cooperation

Presenter: Steve Lehmann, NOAA 

Title: Canadian Oil Sands Preparedness: Adapting Existing Response Capabilities

Presenter: Lt. Sarah Booth, USCG Industry and Interagency Coordination

Title: Changing Legal Landscape Because of Spills of Group V Oils  ​​​

Presenter: Marc K. Shaye, Attorney at Law

Title: European Perspective: Study of Behavior of Bitumen and Emulsified Bitumen when Released into Water

Presenter: Dr. Ronan Jezequel,  Cedre Research Department-Brest, France

Title: Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Regulations Perspective and Recent Advances in Detection, Containment and Recovery Techniques for Submerged Oil

Presenter: Jim Elliot, Vice President T&T Marine Salvage

Partial List of Additional Speakers/Presenters:

Senator Carl Levin, US Senate – Opening Remarks


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