RPI has provided standby, training, and response services for NRDAs of oil and hazardous material spills and groundings for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 1991. RPI co-authored two guidance documents prepared by NOAA to guide the implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) NRDA regulations: Preassessment Phase and Injury Assessment. When a spill occurs, RPI is called upon to provide technical support in risk assessment, documentation of exposure, and injury qualification of natural resources and lost services. RPI is involved in all aspects of injury quantification, restoration scaling, case management, and litigation support tasks. RPI has worked on many NRDA cases, including:

  • T/V Amazon Venture, Savannah River, Georgia/South Carolina (1985)
  • Shell Martinez tank farm, Martinez, California (1988)

  • T/V Exxon Valdez, Prince William Sound, Alaska (1989)

  • T/V American Trader, Huntington Beach, California (1991)

  • Arthur Kill spills in New York/New Jersey (1991)

  • Mobil Mining and Minerals Company spill of phosphoric acid into the Houston Ship Channel,

    Texas (1992)

  • M/V Mega Borg spill off the Texas coast (1992)

  • Colonial Pipeline oil spill into Sugarland Run and the Potomac River, Virginia (1993)

  • Unocal Spill, California (1994)

  • T/B North Cape barge home heating oil spill in Rhode Island (1995)

  • T/V Julie N tanker spill of IFO 180 in Portland, Maine (1996)

  • Lake Barre, Louisiana pipeline crude oil spill by Texaco (1997)

  • Chevron pipeline crude oil spill, Gulf of Mexico (1998)

  • M/V New Carissa bunker and diesel spill, Coos Bay, Oregon (1999)

  • Tuna Longliners Vessel Removal Action, American Samoa (1999)

  • Petrobras Pipeline, Guanabara Bay, Brazil (2000)

  • PEPCO pipeline spill, Patuxent River, Maryland (2000)

  • Tug Gilbert grounding, Gulf Islands National Seashore (2001)

  • M/T Westchester, Mississippi River (2001)

  • Pryor Oil Well Fire and Spill, Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee (2002)

  • Bouchard Barge-120, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts and Rhode Island (2003)

  • M/T Athos 1, Delaware River, PA, NJ, DE (2004)

  • Citgo Refinery, Lake Charles, LA (2006)

  • Cosco Busan, San Francisco, CA (2007)

  • Burton Island Ash Landfill, Delaware (2008)

  • Selendang Ayu, Unalaska Island, AK (2008)

  • Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico (2010)

  • ExxonMobil Silvertip Pipeline, Yellowstone River, Montana (2011)
  • ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline, Arkansas (2013)
  • Zavanna Oil Field Spill, Williston, North Dakota (2014)
  • Texas City Y, Texas (2014)
  • Refugio Bay, CA (2015)

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