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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis

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Sierra Fletcher
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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
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The objective of this project is to conduct an oil spill response viability analysis for the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Gulf of Mexico (GOM).  This analysis will quantify the frequency and duration that a specific oil spill response strategy may not be feasible or ‘unduly’ impacted such that response effectiveness is judged to be degraded due to metocean conditions.  Conditions to be considered in the analysis include wind, sea state, salinity,  and visibility using available hindcast environmental data.  Response strategy options including mechanical recovery, in situ burn, and the surface applications of dispersants will be included in the analysis.

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The project was initiated September 2016 with a planned peer review. Interim final report delivered Oct 2017. Peer review completed September 2018. Project completed and final report received February 12, 2019.

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