Preliminary Programme


The International Spill Control Organization, (ISCO) thru its Executive Committee and Membership presents –

The International Forum on Group V (Non-buoyant) Oils

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.

Forum Program

Day One – International Forum on Group V Oils

Keynote Addresses: Welcome Aboard – Framing the Issue
9am to 10am

  • David Usher, President of ISCO
  • John McMurtrie, Secretary ISCO
  • Michael Rancilio, ISCO Forum Co-ordinator
  • Carl Levin, United States Senator
  • Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette, 9th District US Coastguard Commander
  • David Westerholm, NOAA Director, Office of Response and Restoration

Break: 20mins 10:20am

Session 1 – Fate and Behavior of Group V Non-Buoyant Sinking Oils
10:20am to 11:50am

  • Merv Fingas (Spill Science) – Properties and Behavior of Dilbit and Bitumen
  • Nancy Kinner, PhD (UNH, Director of the Coastal Response Research Center) – Effects of Water Velocity and Temperature on Behavior of Sunken Bitumen.
  • Dr Ronan Jezequel (CEDRE) – Study of Bitumen and Emulsified Bitumen when released into water

Lunch 1 hour 10 mins 11:50am to 1:00pm


Session 2 – Kalamazoo: Lessons Learned and Beyond
1:00pm to 2:45pm

  • Ralph Dollhopf (EPA), Jeffrey Kimble (EPA), Faith Fitzpatrick (USGS), Dan Capone (Weston Solutions) – Lessons Learned from Marshall: “Response to Heavy, Non-Floating Oil spilled in a Great Lakes River Environment; A Multiple-Lines-of-Evidence Approach for Submerged Oil Assessment and Recovery
  • Jessica Winter (NOAA) – NRDA Considerations for release of Dilbit and Bitumen into the Environment
  • Jacqueline Michel (Research Planning, Inc.) API Study on Detection and Recovery of Sunken Oil

Break 20mins to 3:05pm


Session 3 – Regulatory Rule-Making Updates
3:05pm to 4:50 pm

  • Rob Benedict (Acting Senior Regulations Officer) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) – Oil Spill Response Plans in the Transportation Sector (Rail and Pipeline)
  • Jerry Popiel (USCG D9) – Prospective Shipping of Heavy Oils: USCG D9 Perspective
  • Sara Booth (USCG Industry and Interagency Co-ordination) – ‘Preparing
    for Oil Sand Product Response at the Local Level’. 

Closing Remarks from Day 1 : Recap of Day One – 10 mins. end at 5 pm


Day Two – International Forum on Group V Oils


Session 4 – Case Studies: Heavy Oil Response
9am to 10:20am

  • Dr Rebecca Coward (Technical Advisor, ITOPF) – ITOPF’s experience of pollution incidents involving high density oils
  • Steve Lehmann (NOAA) – DBL 152 Detection Methods, Recover Techniques, Response Measures Considered and Adapted, End Point Cleanup Determination and Resource Trustee Cooperation
  • Mark Brown (ECRC) – Case Studies, Response Techniques Used in 2013 Submerged Oil Recovery in the Chaudiere River of a Bakken Formation Crude Oil and 2005/6 for the submerged oil recovery in Lake Wabamun Bunker C oil.

Break 20 mins till 10:45am


Session 5 – Group V Oils Preparedness for Response
10:45am to 12:25

  • Jim Elliot (T&T Marine Salvage) – Advancements in Submerged Oil Detection and Recovery: Regulations, Policy and Techniques
  • Kurt Hansen (USCG Research and Development Center) – Submerged Oil Response: FOSC’s Considerations
  • Samina Mahmood (Marine Response Alliance) – Keeping the Oil in the Ship: A Salvor’s Approach to OPA 90
  • Marc Shaye (Attorney at Law) – Changing Legal Landscape because of Spills of Group V Oils


Lunch 12:25 pm to 2.00 pm


Session 6 – Group V Oils: Detection, Safety and Alternative Techniques
2.00pm to 3:40pm

  • Bill Hazel (Marine Pollution Control) – Submerged Oil Detection to support Recovery Operations: Norbit Group and EIC Laboratories Inc.’s Advanced Technologies and their potentials within the Response Matrix
  • David Devilbis (Global Diving) – Diver Safety and Production when working with Submerged Oil Recovery
  • John Brinkman (Imbibitive Technologies) – Fast Attack Spill Response for Diluted Bitumen and Bakken Shale Oil

Break 20mins 3:40pm to 4.00pm


Panel Discussion:
4.00pm to 4:50pm


Forum Closing Remarks: Where do we go from here ?






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