Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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47 Spring 2015 Proceedings During the Texas City Y Spill response, however, a num- ber of problems arose that clearly ft under this life/safety priority, but were fairly non-traditional because they over- lapped into larger public health and food safety concerns. For example, where we considered "lift-and-foat" surface washing agents, problems of water quality sampling, base- line, and more arose. The NOAA SSCs advised us on these critical issues and more, including oil removal techniques, dispersant use effectiveness, marine wildlife impact, water and air quality analysis, and sensitive resources. The list goes on. With their help, we convened a coalition of non-traditional partners in the health and seafood safety communities to analyze the threat, recommend public protective measures, and resolve the problem. There is no "I" in Team As we have noted, we relied on many partners to bring their specialized expertise to this response. One fnal group that deserves mention — the reservists. Primed with experience from Deepwater Horizon and other incidents, reservists from local units were readily available and offered unique capa- bilities and continuity for the full length of the response. For instance, when faced with a challenging issue, we were able to turn to two reservists (NASA and DOJ program ana- lysts) to sort out the data. At the peak, a total of 54 reservists from various units served at all levels and locations, sub- stantially reinforcing our teams. Finally, as the cleanup progressed toward a maintenance and monitor phase, while the incident was still classi- fed as a Type 1 response, the active duty members at ICP Galveston were able to return to their normal duties and the reserves led the remainder of the response with our unifed command partners. This ensured response excellence from start to fnish. About the authors: CAPT Brian Penoyer is the commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston- Galveston. He has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 24 years, in capacities including deputy sector commander in Baltimore, Maryland, and deputy chief of Congressional Affairs. CAPT Randal Ogrydziak is the Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur command- ing offcer. He has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 35 years, and served as the deputy sector commander in Corpus Christi during this spill. CAPT Lisa Campbell is the senior reserve offcer for the Fifth Coast Guard District, and served as the senior reserve offcer at Sector Houston- Galveston during the oil spill. CDR Ricardo Alonso is the commanding offcer of Marine Safety Unit Texas City. CDR Kevin Lynn is the Gulf Strike Team commanding offcer. CDR Zeita Merchant is the special assistant to the Vice Commandant of the United State Coast Guard, and served as the executive offcer at Marine Safety Unit Texas City during the oil spill. LCDR Valery Boyd is the commanding offcer of Military Entrance Process- ing Station Miami, Florida. She was the chief of response at Marine Safety Unit Texas City during the oil spill. Endnotes: 1. Because formal investigations are pending, this article focuses on the response. 2. Texas City "Y" Spill Response Unifed Command Documentation Archive. 3. Agencies included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protec- tion Administration, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administra- tion, Texas General Land Offce, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Matagorda County, Calhoun County, Harris County, the City of Galveston, Texas City, and the Galveston Beach Patrol. 4. Capt. Kevin J. Eldridge, Lt. Joseph J. Leonard, Jr., Comdr. Dean W. Kutz, and Ltjg Monica L. Rochester (1997). Tank Barge Buffalo 292: A Unifed Response. Inter- national Oil Spill Conference Proceedings: April 1997, Vol. 1997. 5. See Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations part 300.145, Special Teams and other assistance available to the OSCs/RPMs. 6. See Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, part 300.310, Phase III — Containment, countermeasures, cleanup, and disposal; and Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, part 300.317, National response priorities. National Strike Force personnel advise on logistics and feld operations in a remote response area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offcer Andrew Kendrick. Shoveling buried oil on Matagorda Island. U.S. Coast Guard photo by CAPT Randal Ogrydziak.

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