Glendive officials were trained for a Yellowstone River oil spill in 2013
Here's a summary of the blog: ICYMI, the EPA and DEQ made Exxon do a sACP for their SEP and things got worse, WTF. After the 2011 Yellowstone River oil spill, Exxon was required to undertake a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP). This is a bureaucratic term that refers to a situation when a company voluntarily agrees to undertake "an environmentally beneficial project related to the violation in exchange for mitigation of the penalty to be paid." Guess what Exxon's SEP project was? They created a Yellowstone River sub-Area Contingency Plan (sACP) and a Tactical Response Plan for Oil Spills on the Yellowstone River. Yes, you read right. They developed an emergency response plan for potential oil spills in the Yellowstone River watershed and then trained local officials and emergency responders on the plan. Two trainings were held in Glendive. On September 26, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company held a free Basic Oil Spill Training and then on October 5, 2013 they held an Advanced Oil Spill Training. Local emergency response organizations, local officials and the general public were invited to take part in the training. From what I can tell it was not mandatory. You can read the press release from the DEQ here. The goal of the training was to increase the ability of both the State of Montana and local governments "to safely and effectively protect critical natural resources and infrastructure during an oil spill." The training was one component of the SEP that also included "assessment of risk, contingency planning, creation of the Tactical Response Plan and providing additional spill response equipment to the Yellowstone River area." (From the DEQ Press Release) I couldn't find the actual emergency plan (sACP) on EPA or DEQ's websites. I did find a presentation created by the EPA to highlight the success of the SEP. These are four things the EPA highlighted.
- Conducted 5 Oil Spill Response Training Classes in September 2013 (Livingston, Columbus, Billings, Miles City & Glendive)
- Conducted 3 Oil Spill Response Exercises in October 2013 (Livingston, Billings & Glendive)
- MT DEQ – Taking more active Spill Response Role under State ESF 10 plan with MT DES
- Increased local first responder readiness for oil spill response