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Initial Responses to the MT Hebei Spirit Oil Spill

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Major areas for concern after an oil spill are the cleanup, compensation, and ecological impact. Because of the visibility of the spill and the damage, the cleanup operation takes priority in the initial responses to the spill. In fact, it is intertwined with issues of compensation and ecological impact that directly affect residents’ livelihoods. The technical response of the cleanup operation is closely tied to social responses and concerns. This paper highlights the need for investigating social responses simultaneously with technical responses to marine pollution disasters. It focuses primarily on the cleanup operation as most attention is paid to remove the oil during the first month, and its implications for compensation and ecological impact. Responses ranging from international and national to local are examined followed by a discussion of the intricate relationship between technical and social responses after the MT Hebei Spirit oil spill.

Keywords: Cleanup operation; Compensation; Ecological impact; Oil spill; Social response; Technical response

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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