2020 Annual Meeting

Visit our 2019 Annual Meeting page for links to presentations from that event.


The 31st Annual Meeting of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force was held virtually on November 18, 2020 and attended by approximately 250 participants. The Annual Meeting offered an opportunity for the Task Force members to share updates on our work on current issues in spill prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Meeting was held in a virtual format. This year we focused on how COVID-19 has changed our work and operations, and lessons learned from responding to spills and conducting exercises in a virtual world.

Date:  November 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Pacific Time (lunch break 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Location: ZOOM 

Agenda here

Speaker Biographies here

Annual Meeting Materials and Documents



Session 1: Jurisdictional Updates

Thomas Cullen, Administrator, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Keith Kawaoka, Deputy Director, HI Dept. of Health

Lydia Emer, Administrator for Land Quality Programs, OR Dept. of Environmental Quality

Denise Koch, Director SPAR Program, AK Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Laurel Nash, Assistant Deputy Minister, B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Dale Jensen, Manager Spills Program, WA Dept. of Ecology 

Session 2: Task Force Projects Updates

Sarah Brace and Hilary Wilkinson, Executive Coordinator Team, Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force

Session 3: Working in the Time of Covid-19: An Overview

Mike Greenburg, State On-Scene Coordinator, OR Dept. of Environmental Quality

Nhi Irwin, Statewide Resources Section Manager, WA Dept .of Ecology

Session 4: Virtual Oil Spill Exercises 2020 – Lessons Learned

Conor Keeney, Emergency Manager, Marathon Petroleum

Chris Thixton: Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor, Drills and Exercises Unit, CA OSPR

Session 5: Response During COVID-19

Kelly Malinoski, Director, Emergency Management, Trans Mountain

Mike Day, Emergency Preparedness and Response Operations Manager, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

NOTE: This virtual event is free and open to the public. As such, participants should be aware that anyone attending the event is able to capture and share screen shots, statements, audio, and/or images. By registering for the event, you are acknowledging and accepting this as a possibility.