The Canadian Government's project to test ways to handle oil spills and code named "Operation Prepardness," covered a two week period from August 11th-24th. The prime purpose for this study was to collect sufficient information to enable the predesginated on-scene-commanders to make quick and effective decisions on the selection of recovery sites, priorities for protection, etc., during the countermeasures operations of a major spill in the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers. The data collected, in the form of an "Action Plan" will be available to anyone involved in Contingency Planning. The program was coordinated by Environment Canada, Environmental Protection Service, Toronto, and had participation from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other Environmental Canada services. The field work included (1) testing and evaluation of countermeasures equipment such as deployment of boom to determine critical angle and the development of procedures for containment and deflection purposes, (2) deployment of skimmers (DIP, LOCKHEED, SLURP, OILMOP, etc.), and other recovery devices to evaluate the effectiveness and develop procedures for the application and harvesting of sorbent materials, such as straw, peat-moss, and others.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Oil Spill Control Association of America

    20245 West Twelve Mile Road, Suite 205
    Southfield, Michigan 48076,   United States 
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

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  • Accession Number: 00071954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Oil Spill Control Association of America
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 1974 12:00AM