EFFECTIVENESS OF OIL SPILL RESPONSES IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY

In 1977, San Francisco Bay experienced more than 600 spills, of which 254 were oil from vessels or wharf facilities. Significant elements in oil spill responses that determine overall effectiveness of a particular spill response are identified, and an oil transfer operation method is discussed in some detail. Spill responses apparently are not very effective. The elements of spill response effectiveness are prompt reporting and reasonably accurate estimation of the type and volume of material spilled; ability of the spiller or oil transfer facility to provide immediate containment; response time for cleanup personnel and equipment; availability, proper use, and maintenance of cleanup equipment; and physical properties of the spilled petroleum product. Greater emphasis should be placed on spill prevention; a method is proposed that could eliminate or greatly reduce the incidence of personal negligence-the cause of most spills of this type.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Energy Environment '78: A symposium on energy development impacts, Los Angeles, CA, 22-24 August, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Regional Water Quality Control Board

    San Francisco Bay Region, 1111 Jackson Street, Room 6040
    Oakland, CA  USA  94607
  • Authors:
    • Burger, K R
    • Macke, W R
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 313-320

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302295
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM