ATC: Industry eager to advance Arctic oil spill response skills

12/10/2012
Few experimental spills have been done offshore the US and Canada in the last 20 years, noted a speaker at the Arctic Technology Conference in Houston on Dec. 4 during a panel discussion on oil spill preparedness. "If we want to refine our spill response, we have to get out and practice. Experimental spills are the way to do that," said Steve Potter, a principal with consulting firm SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd. SL Ross has a laboratory for spill-related oil testing, yet Potter advocated that permits be granted for experimental spills to enhance oil spill response research in actual field conditions. He noted more recent experimental spills have been done off Norway than N...
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