As the Arctic opens to more shipping and drilling, the chances for an oil spill increase. Governments, industries, NGOs, and other organizations have many programs in place that research methods for preventing oil spills and cleaning up after any that might occur. This is no small task. The number of organizations and programs in place to research oil spill preparedness and response in the Arctic is extraordinary.
Read through lesson two and check out the included resources to discover the various responsibilities of different agencies.
PHOTO CREDIT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ohmsett_Aerial_Original_2-03.jpg Ohmsett, an oil spill research facility in New Jersey, has the largest outdoor saltwater tank in North America. This facility, maintained by the BSEE (part of the US Department of the Interior), is used for testing oil spill response equipment.