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DATE: March 14, 2018
CONTACT: Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

New Hampshire Coastal Oil Spill Exercise Planned for March 22

Concord, NH – The Portsmouth Oil Spill Response Workgroup, in conjunction with the Maine/NH Area Committee, is sponsoring an oil spill exercise on March 22, 2018.

This exercise will provide participants with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies and procedures. It will focus on decision making, coordination and integration with other organizations during a significant cold weather coastal oil spill. The expected outcome of the exercise will be improved working relationships between various local, state and federal agencies, as well as the local vessel transportation industry. 

Irving Oil has volunteered to act as the lead industry partner for this year's exercise, along with assisting in the development of the exercise and spill scenario.  Additionally, Irving Oil will be conducting a boom deployment at its Portsmouth Terminal and have a number of participants integrated into the Command Structure.

A field component will be conducted where 1,800 feet of oil spill boom will be deployed in the area of the Irving Oil facility and the N.H. State Fish Pier. The deployments will provide the opportunity for state, federal and contracted response assets to train in the placement of spill protection strategies and to work collaboratively during a spill response.  

Exercise Scenario:
The date is March 22, 2018 and at 3:00 in the morning, a severe weather event causes a significant release of oil into the water at the Irving Oil terminal in Portsmouth. Within a short time, response organizations from Irving Oil, the US Coast Guard, NH Department of Environmental Services and Maine Department of Environmental Protection initiate response actions. By 8:30 am the response Incident Management Team re-locates management of the spill response to the NHDES pre-designated Incident Command Post at the Pease Tradeport Authority The exercise "play" begins at 8:30, approximately 5 ½  hours after the discovery of the spill. 

The following agencies and organizations will participate in the exercise.
Irving Oil
N.H. Department of Environmental Services
NH Fish and Game
NH Port Authority
NH Marine Patrol
NH Homeland Security and Emergency Managemen
NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Newington Fire Department
Portsmouth Fire Department
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife
Maine Department of Marine Resources
US Coast Guard First District
US Coast Guard Sector Northern New England
US Fish and WildlifeUS Environmental Protection Agency
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Facility Response Team
Sprague Energy, Eversource

For more information on this exercise please contact Carroll Brown, Coastal Oil Spill Response Coordinator, NHDES Spill Response and Complaint Investigation Section at 603-271-3000

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