Dr Karen Purnell & Dr Ann Zhang
Paper presented at the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC), 6-8 May 2014, Savannah, Georgia, USA
We all know that prevention is better than cure but when an accident does happen a successful response can prevent or minimise damage to the environment and the economy. What then defines a successful response? Is it dependent upon satisfying potential critics? Does it depend on money saved or spent? Is it defined by avoiding or mitigating pollution damage? Or is it all of these things?
In this paper we have focussed on 10 variables, listed in order of priority, which we have found to have had a significant influence on the outcome of the response based on some 45 years of experience attending incidents worldwide.