Port of LA Oil Spill Response Classes
“Waterkeeper’s Port of Los Angeles Oil Spill Response Classes begin February 11th!”
I am excited to announce the launch of our newest project: the Port Communities Oil Spill Preparedness Project. The last couple months have been busy to say the least. But the work will be well worth it. Thanks to the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation’s generous financial support and a host of experts’ volunteer time, we will be offering a free class to community members in the Port of Los Angeles region (don’t worry; there won’t be any homework).
We have secured experts from the oil industry, the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. EPA, California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), International Bird Rescue, and Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE). We will also be hearing about the Gulf community’s experience following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper Paul Orr.
Thanks to our experts, we will be covering all of the following topics:
• The Gulf experience following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
• Survey of the types and extent of oil activities in and around the Port of L.A.
• Natural environments in and around the Port of L.A.
• Potential environmental and human health impacts of an oil spill and chronic oil pollution
• International Bird Rescue’s work as part of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network
• Authorities’ oil spill response plans (OSPR and EPA)
• Community emergency preparedness related to oil spills (COPE)
• Natural Resource Damage Assessment process during and following an oil spill
• Water quality monitoring training
The first class is at 6:15pm-8:30pm on February 11th, 2015, at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro.
We are still welcoming any interested participants. If you are interested in attending the free course, please feel free to send questions and RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Jeffrey Van Name, Law Fellow