Oil Spills and Emergency Preparedness on the 28th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez

On March 24, 1989 at approximately 12:04 AM, the single-hull tanker EXXON VALDEZ with a full load of crude oil grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Approximately 11 million gallons of oil were spilled into the pristine waters of Prince William Sound.

In terms of volume released, the spill is the second largest in U.S. waters, after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident. Prince William Sound’s remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, or boat, made response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response.

The EXXON VALDEZ spill led to enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), which improved oil spill prevention, response, and restoration by providing greater environmental safeguards by mandating contingency planning.

Meridian has many technical experts and experienced responders who successfully implement OPA 90. Depending on the needs of your organization, our regulatory planning staff can assist with development of all or partial plans, including:

  • Facility and Vessel Response Plans
  • Integrated Contingency Plans
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Tactical Response Plans

We provide training in the following areas:

  • NIMS ICS 100b/200b, ICS 300, 320, 400, 410, 420, 440, Executive Level and Section Specific
  • HAZWOPER (8HR Refreshers)
  • USCG, EPA, BSEE, and DOT Qualified Individual

We offer a wide range of drill and exercise programs to meet your organization’s preparation and training needs.  These include:

  • Tabletops
  • Worst Case Scenario Equipment Deployment
  • National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program
  • Qualified Individual Notification

Our team can also provide response expertise to oil spills across the U.S. and Canada with:

  • Spill Management Team Partial Team Augmentation or Full Team Deployment
  • Qualified Individuals
  • Operations/Planning/Finance/Auditing/Documentation
  • Government Liaison/Public Information/Safety
  • GIS Services and Trajectories

For additional information on our response services, please contact Meridian.us at (251) 345-6776 or info@meridian.usMeridian will make sure you are ready.