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In July 2020, the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) released the Shoreline Response Programme Guidance. This document serves to support oil companies and other stakeholders with implementing a shoreline response programme (SRP), using knowledge gained by the actual experiences of facilities responding to oil spills on a global level. This technical guide specifically covers the following onshore actions associated with an oil spill.

  • Conducting oiled shoreline assessment surveys
  • Technical decision making related to spill treatment options;
  • Incident monitoring
  • Post treatment inspection
  • Stakeholder engagement

The guide is organized into five different sections and several appendices and job aids.

Oil Spill Response Phase

Section 1 explores the traditional approaches to shoreline response, and defines an SRP as a strategic and proactive approach to dealing with any identified shoreline threats when responding to oil spills. It serves as the main source of information related to shoreline impacts and treatment recommendations while ensuring direct communication links between the spill response and cleanup crew, incident command, and the environmental team.

Section 2 delves into the objectives and functions of an SRP and discusses the key improvements to an SRP compared to the current Incident Management System (IMS). For example:

  • An SRP provides a bridge between the Environmental Team and the Operations Team to improve the coordination and streamlining decision making and implementation activities.
  • A quicker response to recover bulk or mobile oil before it is reworked, buried, or remobilized through processes, reduces the long-term impacts on shorelines.

Section 3 outlines the management structure of an SRP, including a summary of the roles and responsibilities of key personnel and the different phases of response operations.

Section 4 provides more detail on the processes involved with each phase of an SRP. It reinforces the steps that allow a company to 'get it right from the start' at the initial response phase. This section also presents the many ways stakeholder engagement is conducted through an SRP.

Finally, Section 5 presents the SRP training programme that will ensure a company can effectively implement the SRP. It also outlines certain details of issues that should be addressed to continuously improve the SRP process.

This publication builds on the existing good practice guides that establish broad principles and processes for conducting surveys of and responses to oiled or potentially oiled shorelines.

If you have more questions about an SRP, please contact John Fillo.