In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground off Alaska and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil — the largest marine oil spill in recorded history up to that point. The following year, the US enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). Since that time, regulated onshore facilities, oil pipeline operators, certain offshore facilities and vessels have been required to submit to the Federal government plans detailing how they will comply with regulations and respond to discharges.
Witt O’Brien’s solution
Witt O’Brien’s was an early innovator in helping the oil and shipping industries to meet OPA 90’s requirements. Our premise was — and remains — simple. If you operate a facility, oil pipeline or vessel, your core expertise is in that business. We help you meet OPA 90’s complex compliance requirements by developing response plans, conducting exercises and providing incident management support. We also fulfil the role of “Qualified Individual,” as mandated for some operators by OPA 90. A “Qualified Individual” is an individual familiar with the relevant facility or vessel response plan, ready 24/7 to respond to an incident and coordinate a response.
Since OPA 90 was enacted, we’re proud of the role we’ve played in reducing the frequency and severity of oil spills. We’ve proven the value of our solutions by winning leadership positions in the core markets we serve:
- Over 60% of the oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico
- Over 8000 vessels trading in U.S. Waters
- Over 50% of the oil and gas transported by pipeline in the US