Oil spill

September 29, 2010 - 9:40am

Heavy-lift helicopters from private contractors and the military are continuing to play a critical role in restoring the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem in the wake of the BP oil spill. Last month, Columbia Helicopters flew a pair of Boeing Vertol 107-IIs equipped with brush grapples to remove sections of hard and soft boom that had been placed to protect estuaries from encroaching oil.

June 4, 2010 - 4:25pm

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering of Dubai has coordinated several aircraft charters to New Orleans for BP and other responders in their effort to stem the oil leak from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 28, 2009 - 5:14am

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the compliance date for certain rules relating to fuel spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC), to November 10 next year. According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), rule changes that took effect in 2002 and 2006 will affect facilities that store fuel, such as FBOs, but the requirements depend on when the facility began operation.

September 30, 2008 - 10:42am

A valve left open on a fuel-farm tank at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., on September 11 allowed nearly 10,000 gallons of jet-A to spill into a containment area. Landmark Aviation, the FBO in charge of the fuel farm, was able to shut off the fuel after an alarm alerted personnel to the spill. “There was no damage,” a Landmark spokesman told AIN, “and things worked as designed.

September 16, 2008 - 11:28am

A valve left open on a fuel-farm tank at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, S.D., late last Thursday allowed nearly 10,000 gallons of jet-A to spill into a containment area. Landmark Aviation, the FBO in charge of the fuel farm, was able to shut off the fuel after an alarm alerted personnel to the spill. “There was no damage,” a Landmark spokesman told AIN, “and things worked as designed.

February 7, 2007 - 9:33am

Future EPA spill-containment requirements for airport fuel trucks remains an ambiguous subject. That puts FBOs and other fuel-service providers in a difficult position when it comes to laying out plans for their facilities. Despite some recent meetings with aviation interests, the EPA remains unclear on whether or not fuel trucks will be subject to so-called “secondary containment requirements.”

December 19, 2006 - 12:32pm

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued long-awaited final amendments to oil and fuel spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) rules. Facilities that store oil and fuel must still have SPCC plans implemented by Oct. 31, 2007; however, the EPA proposed an extension to July 1, 2009, for facilities that had SPCC plans amended after July 16, 2002.

September 26, 2006 - 6:50am

New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules addressing fuel spill prevention in the form of proposed amendments to the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program are lauded as a step in the right direction for the aviation industry, according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Still, the FBO trade group contends the agency’s proposal contains a number of unanswered questions.

 
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