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Crude Oil and Fast Water Booming - Classroom and table top exercise - By Invitation Only
Hosted by Environmental Reponse Training Program (ERTP)

This training option combines the first day classroom material with the last day table top exercise of the larger 4-day course and is designed for local and state responders, as well as U.S. EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and Tribal responders who may become involved in inland crude oil spill response and cleanup. The classroom sessions will highlight crude oil types traveling through the Columbia River Gorge and states of Washington and Oregon. Class participants will spend the first day (Monday October 5, 0830 to 1700 hours) in the classroom learning about the characteristics of crude oil and Bakken crude specifically, fate and transport of crude in a waterway, response expectations, response safety, air monitoring, environmental harm, and train derailment dynamics and fire response tactics. Instructional methods include lectures and case studies. The Thursday afternoon session (1300 to 1530 hours) consists of a facilitated tabletop discussion based on an oil spill scenario of crude oil into the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam. First responders and other responding agencies to a crude oil spill on the Columbia are encouraged to participate in the discussion, which will explore: first actions by responders, which agencies will be responding and in what order, notifications, jurisdictional issues, addressing concerns about the dams, migrating fish, tourists, environment, etc. This will also be a great opportunity for networking between responders, and becoming familiar with agencies and their response capabilities and limitations.

The course will be taught by EPA staff and contractors, the Washington Department of Ecology, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the USCG, and BNSF Railway.  

Course Location

The course will be held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bonneville Lock and Dam facility, near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon.

For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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  October 05, 2015 - October 08, 2015
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