How to Plan for (and Survive) an Unexpected Spill or Release

The thought of having a spill, release, overflow, or explosion at a facility is always in the back of our minds, but we never genuinely expect it to happen.  Despite the best precautions, accidents happen, systems fail, and employees and facilities need to be prepared.  Time is of the essence during the initial stage of a disaster, and the first 24 hours of the response can change the outcome of the project dramatically.  Are your employees trained and are your facilities outfitted for when that disaster occurs? Emergency response, spill response, and rapid response teams are critical pieces to be included in preparation for a potential spill or disaster. For oil and gas facilities, metal manufacturing facilities, and even food manufacturers, an unexpected spill or disaster could occur at any moment.  Several regulatory agencies govern spills or discharges in Texas and across the United States.  However, what they all have
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Rapid Response Environmental Consulting

Releases, spills, and overflows……nobody ever wants to hear those words. However, despite the best precautions, accidents happen or systems fail, and you need to be prepared.  From the initial spill response, to the critical first 24 hours of Site activities, there is a lot to do and a lot to process. Over the past several weeks, W&M has assisted a number of clients with Spill Response Environmental Consulting. Most recently, W&M responded to two crude oil pipeline ruptures and a sewer line break, all in the last few weeks.  W&M was requested to assist with on-Site spill oversight, develop a plan for assessment and delineation of the impacted spill zone, and devise a plan to mitigate the issue.  W&M staff worked side by side with the Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSROs) contractors, the regulatory agency’s response managers, and the client’s environmental staff to control the releases, identify the horizontal and
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Oil Spill Response Auditing and Technical Oversight

As a result of the Deepwater Horizon MC252 incident in April 2010, W&M was contracted directly by BP to provide oversight and auditing of certain response contractors. W&M staff served on multiple audit teams that were tasked with evaluating the effectiveness of MC252 response operations and data reporting and to develop assurance regarding contractor delivery of services.

Audits that W&M participated in were designed to provide BP management and legal with important real time information on the effectiveness of response operations. W&M and the audit team evaluated and made recommendations in the following areas:

1.Organization effectiveness

2.Review of top-to-bottom assessment of the operations process

3.Communication and alignment issues

4.Data integrity and sampling effort

5.Health and Safety programs and culture

6.Staff expeience and training

7.Document control

In addition, W&M provided technical oversight and consultant management for selected real property contamination matters. W&M provides technical expertise to the BP legal group and reviews consultant scopes of work, cost proposals, and reports. W&M also provides field QA/QC oversight and participates in regulatory pathway determinations.

W&M Solutions

W&M experienced professionals assisted BP legal and management in evaluating the effectiveness of the MC252 response operations and provided technical expertise in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.