This 1997 International Oil Spill Conference is the 15th biennial
event since the first conference held in December 1969. The conference
is jointly sponsored by the following:
American Petroleum Institute (MI)
United States Coast Guard (USCG)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation
Through the combined sponsorship and participation of these
distinguished industry and regulatory agencies, this conference has
evolved into the world's premier symposium on oil spill issues.
Participants, delegates, presenters, and exhibitors are all able to
share current information and thoughts on the leading oil spill topics
of today, and these conference proceedings become critical references
for all who work in the field.
The conference goal is unchanged since 1969:"... to delineate the
overall dimensions of the oil spill problem, explore the present state
of prevention and control of oil spills, and review the relevant
research and development efforts of government and private industry
around the world."
The theme of the 1997 Conference is "Improving Environmental
Protection-Progress, Challenges, Responsibilities." Technical papers
and exhibits will stimulate discussions in many aspects of spill
prevention, response planning, and research and development. Case
studies will disclose what we are learning, and a special session on
the February 1996, Milford Haven, United Kingdom spill from the Sea
Empress will provide new insight into understanding the effects of
that large spill and its response, which involved a large use of
dispersants. In addition, the sponsors have commissioned and funded
the preparation of the following issue papers that will be featured in
open discussion forums.
"Putting Dispersants to Work Overcoming Obstacles"
"Differences in Risk Perception: How Clean is Clean?"
"International Responsibilities: Are We Our Brother's Keeper?"
The sponsors of this conference thank each of the authors and
reviewers of the papers that constitute these proceedings. We also
thank all panel members, session chairs, and members of planning
committees, along with all others who have contributed time and effort
to make this conference a success.