STATE OF THE SCIENCE
The Coastal Response Resource Center/Center for Spills in the Environment is located at the University of New Hampshire and has coordinated numerous forums, studies and reports on state of the science of dispersants including lessons learned from past spills. A sample of recent publications and meeting summaries are provided below:
The National Academies Press publications:
The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Response (2019)
Spills of Diluted Bitumen from Pipelines (2016)
A Comparative Study of Environmental Fate, Effects, and Response (2016)
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) funds and conducts research on chemical agents. Visit BSEE’s master list of publications on oil spill research.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration conducts research on oil and chemical spills. To find recent reports related to dispersants and other oil spill-related topics, visit NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration publications page.
The US Coast Guard coordinates the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research (ICCOPAR), which was formed under the Oil Spill Pollution Act of 1990. ICCOPAR promotes cooperation, information sharing and oil spill research. ICCOPAR supported the creation of an on-line catalog of proceedings since 1969 of the International Oil Spill Conference.
Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant has created a page of links to recent science seminars addressing the science and policy of dispersants in the Gulf region. Many presentations are directly related to Deep Water Horizon spill impacts.
FACT SHEETS AND OUTREACH MATERIALS
The American Petroleum Institute (API) released 10 fact sheets addressing dispersants that address toxicity, application, weathering, regulations and more. Visit API’s dispersant page to view the fact sheets and other dispersant information.
STATE/PROVINCIAL POLICIES ON DISPERSANT USE
What policies are in place among West Coast States and the Province of British Columbia regarding dispersant use? See our table of dispersant use regulations
The State of Alaska’s recently udpated it’s dispersant policy (January 2016). Visit DEC to learn more: https://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/dispersant.htm
COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ON DISPERSANTS
Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant has created a page of links to various outreach products addressing dispersants in the Gulf region. Many presentations are directly related to Deep Water Horizon spill impacts.
The University of Louisiana’s Marine Consortium has created a database of literature consisting of peer-reviewed journal articles, gray literature, conference proceedings and more. Click on their dispersant bibliography to search for information on dispersants.
ICCOPAR has created a list of academic resources for oil spill-related science and technology information. This resource provides links to numerous universities and academic programs where this literature is compiled.
Published reports and studies