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An oilspill risk analysis for the eastern Gulf of Mexico (proposed sale 65) Outer Continental Shelf lease area

Open-File Report 78-132

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Abstract

An oilspill risk analysis was conducted to determine the relative environmental hazards of developing oil in different regions of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf lease area. The study analyzed the probability of spill occurrence, likely paths of the spills, and locations in space and time of such objects as recreational and biological resources likely to be vulnerable. These results combined to yield estimates of the overall oilspill risk associated with development of the proposed lease area. This risk is compared to the existing oilspill risk from existing leases in the area. The analysis implicitly includes estimates of weathering rates and slick dispersion and an indication of the possible mitigating effects of cleanups.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
An oilspill risk analysis for the eastern Gulf of Mexico (proposed sale 65) Outer Continental Shelf lease area
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
78-132
Year Published:
1978
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
ix, 72 p.
Number of Pages:
83
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
Gulf Of Mexcio