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  • Good practice

    Inland Response: Aquatic Environments

    February 2015

    This document presents an overview of inland oil spill response in aquatic environments (freshwater rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, wetlands and estuarine water bodies and their associated shores and banksides) identifying similarities to marine response and highlighting unique issues pertinent to inland spills. The document addresses the response phase of inland incidents, where actions are undertaken to ensure safety, minimize the immediate spread and threat of a spill and deploy techniques to clean-up spilled oil in aquatic environments. It does not address spills to terrestrial environments and the possible remediation actions which may be considered where oil has contaminated the ground.

  • Awareness briefing

    Modelling, prediction and metocean databases

    February 2015

    These two reports provide a review of available models and databases and provide recommendations for their use in oil spill response. The review has focused on hydrodynamic and atmospheric models and metocean databases. Further work on oil spill plume modelling was conducted by API. Report 1 is a "Review of models and metocean databases" whilst Report 2 is focused on "Validation of models and recommendations for their use in oil spill response".

  • Good practice

    Aerial observation of oil spills at sea

    February 2015

    This Good Practice Guide is based on the Aerial Observation of Oil Pollution at Sea Operational Guide developed by CEDRE, and provides guidance on the identification and observation of spilled oil at sea. The document explains the principles of aerial reconnaissance, as well as developing a mission profile and estimating oil types, thicknesses and quantities from the air. Guidance is provided on calculating drift and preparing pollution reports, as well as guiding response vessels from an observing aircraft.

  • Good practice

    Addressing uncertainty in oil and natural gas industry greenhouse gas inventories. Technical considerations and calculation methods.

    February 2015

    This joint IPIECA-API document is designed to provide a summary of technical considerations that are important for understanding and calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory uncertainty. It includes technical background and specific calculation methods to determine uncertainties with targeted measurements and emission factors, and to determine how to aggregate these individual terms to derive uncertainty ranges (as a pre-designated probability level) for entire GHG inventories at any given level. This document builds on a 2007 IPIECA/API workshop where the need to develop an understanding of the importance of the key factors that contribute to uncertainty was established, a pilot version was subsequently published in 2009 to allow for a broad review and implementation of guidance from various stakeholders. The comments received, lessons learned and new developments that have occurred in the area since then are incorporated in this document. Additional Information This document is a companion to the API Compendium of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Methodologies for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry (API, 2009).  

  • Good practice

    Community grievance mechanisms in the oil and gas industry. A manual for implementing operational-level grievance mechanisms and designing corporate frameworks

    January 2015

    This manual provides practical step-by-step guidance on how to plan and implement operational-level community grievance mechanisms (CGMs) and how to design and to manage corporate CGM frameworks. It draws on the practical experiences of seven pilot projects conducted by IPIECA member companies as well as the shared learning from other IPIECA members and stakeholders. Presented in three main sections and subdivided into ‘modules’, the manual can be read in full or in parts of specific interest to users. Step-by-step overviews are provided throughout, together with practical advice for those implementing or managing CGMs. Also included is an Annex with a broad range of practical CGM tools. Overall, the Manual reflects the industry’s positive response to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which promote the use, value and power of effective CGMs in facilitating access to remedy.

  • Good practice

    Tiered preparedness and response

    January 2015

    Tiered Preparedness and Response is recognised as the basis on which to establish a robust oil spill preparedness and response framework. The established three tiered structure allows the planner to describe how an effective response to any oil spill will be provided; from small operational spillages to a worst case release at sea or on land. Using a newly-developed system which identifies fifteen response planning categories, the structure provides a mechanism for the planner to identify how individual elements of capability will be cascaded into the theatre of response operations.

  • Good practice

    At-sea monitoring of surface dispersant effectiveness

    December 2014

    The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on estimating the effectiveness of dispersant application in the field by describing: the factors that determine the effectiveness of dispersant; and how the effectiveness of dispersant application in the field may be monitored, evaluated and verified

  • Awareness briefing

    Regulatory approval of dispersant products and authorization for their use

    December 2014

    This report provides an overview of the principles of regulations concerning dispersants and their use. The basis of the primary legislation, of which dispersant regulations are subsidiary instruments, varies from country to country and therefore no specific recommendations or requirements about the legal implementation of dispersant regulations is given. It is the right and responsibility of national authorities to introduce regulations about dispersants as they see fit. This report provides a background, and the relevant information and good practice, to assist countries that are currently without dispersant regulations to develop them, should they wish to do so. This report is aimed at national regulators and their advisors, and oil industry personnel involved with oil spill response who may interact with these national regulators and advisors. The purpose of the report is to establish a common understanding of what is required for effective regulation of dispersants and their use, and to provide guidance on how this may be accomplished.

  • Awareness briefing

    Capabilities and uses of sensor and video - equipped waterborne surveillance-ROVs for subsea detection and tracking of oil spills.

    December 2014

    This report provides a summary and analysis of the current ROV fleet assets currently available to the market and provides a follow-up evaluation of the current sensors available for monitoring hydrocarbons, including video cameras. This document builds upon the Battelle report to cover ROVs and Video Based Surveillance Systems.

  • Good practice

    Managing Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (BES) issues along the asset lifecycle in any environment: 10 Tips for Success in the Oil and Gas Industry

    November 2014

    IPIECA and OGP have relaunched Managing Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (BES) issues along the asset lifecycle in any environment: 10 tips forsuccess in the oil and gas industry. Originally published in 2010, the tips provide high level guidance on managing BES in the oil and gas industry. Each tip is supported by resources, many of which are IPIECA/OGP documents. The key updates in the new version include: Full integration of Ecosystem Services management into the tips. An updated list of resources associated with each tip based on new and relevant publications in this area, such as those produced by the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI). Starting with ‘Begin yesterday’ and ending with ‘Monitor, adapt and improve’, the tips provide relevant advice along every stage of the asset lifecycle.