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Breaking News: Dr. Gerald Graham's comments on the proposed Terms of Reference for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project public review: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/comments-on-terms-of-reference-for-roberts-bank-terminal-2-public-review. Here is a link to the Panel's website: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=80054.

Also, Dr. Gerald Graham's application to participate in the NEB's Trans Mountain Expansion Project Hearings http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rcmmn/ncld/hrngrdr-oh-001-2014-eng.pdf has been accepted. Here is a link to the Panel's website: http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rthnb/nws/nwsrls/2014/nwsrls12-eng.html As a world-renowned marine oil spill expert, Dr. Graham welcomes this opportunity to influence the Panel's recommendation with respect to the proposal on the table from Trans Mountain:  http://www.transmountain.com/. Dr. Graham will also entertain requests to advise Intervenors on the marine oil spill aspects of the Trans Mountain application and review, much as he did on the NEB/CEAA Joint Review Panel Northern Gateway tanker project. Email us at worldoceanconsulting@live.com to explore Trans Mountain possibilities.

New: Gerald Graham's Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/SalishSeaFuture

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The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Project Joint Review Panel has been released. Here's a link to the press release accompanying the report: http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/nwsrls/2013/nwsrls05-eng.html and here's a link to the report itself:


Meanwhile, read : "What to Expect from the Northern Gateway Review" and judge for yourself whether its predictions were accurate
: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/what-to-expect-from-the-northern-gateway-review

Dr. Gerald Graham interviewed on Global BC 1 TV on Dec. 3, 2013 about the Tanker Safety Expert Panel report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJPKEKIGJDw

Podcast of Dr. Gerald Graham's radio appearance on CBC Radio's BC Almanac, Dec. 4, 2013, on the subject of the Tanker Safety Expert Panel Report which the federal government released December 3, 2013: http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/BC%20Almanac/ID/2422213118/?cmp=rss.

Dr. Graham interviewed March 21, 2007 on The A Channel on the first anniversary of the sinking of the MV Queen of the North ferry off the North Coast of BC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nYBDhI6Yjk&list=UU6qCoMtmQQdxOAP5MdeGReA

Dr. Graham on The A Channel on August 13, 2003, participating in a panel debate on the topic of the possible lifting of British Columbia's Offshore Oil Moratorium: https://vimeo.com/113351913 less than seven years before the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gerald was among the speakers in a Victoria rally against the lifting of BC's offshore oil and gas moratorium, January 12, 2002, broadcast on VI Land News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cdgv3mVYG4.

On May 14 2004, Gerald was among those interviewed on Radio Canada TV in Victoria following the appearance of the Priddle Panel on the BC offshore oil and gas moratorium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkm9pEOh_78

An Encore Presentation- Dr. Gerald Graham interviewed on January 6, 1993 on the CBC's Newsworld TV network about the MV Braer tanker incident off the Shetlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlGh0eT6znI

Podcast of Dr. Gerald Graham's radio appearance on CBC Radio's BC Alamanac call-in show, with host Mark Forsythe, October 3, 2013: http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/BC%20Almanac/ID/2410208790/?cmp=rss  The topic was Canada's readiness to respond to a major oil spill along BC's coast.

Podcast of 2003 CBC Radio interview with the late David Grierson on the subject of the BC offshore oil moratorium: http://www.divshare.com/download/24616024-330 and 2004 submission to the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on BC's offshore oil and gas moratorium: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/probability-and-consequence-a-submission-to-the-royal-society-of-canada-expert-panel-on-the-british-columbia-offshore-oil-and-gas-moratorium

Link to video re-enactment of Dr. Gerald Graham's January 7, 2013 Oral Statement to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwVFw3tQMV8

Link to Video of Dr. Gerald Graham's August 15, 2013 Sewage Treatment Presentation to Capital Regional District Board in Victoria, BC, Canada:


Also, read this op-ed piece, hot off the press, entitled "Why I'm In Favour of Sewage Treatment for Victoria": https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/why-i-m-in-favour-of-sewage-treatment-for-victoria.

Dr. Gerald Graham is the President of Worldocean Consulting Ltd, a Canadian company specializing in marine oil spill prevention and response planning, including the development of the On Scene Coordinator's Advisor for Responding to oil spills (OSCAR): http://www.myacquire.com/aiinc/oscar/, a prototype Marine Oil Spill Expert System: http://www.scribd.com/doc/28799117/Marine-Oil-Spill-Expert-Systems.

As an example of Worldocean's influential marine oil spill consulting work, Gerald provided expert advice to the Living Oceans Society and Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative on the joint environmental assessment of Enbridge's Northern Gateway project under the NEB Act and CEAA. He was tasked with reviewing the marine oil spill prevention and response aspects of the application. Here is a link to the study in question, which Coastal First Nations subsequently submitted as Expert Testimony to the Joint Review Panel:

Several issues raised in Gerald's 2010 study have subsequently resurfaced in the course of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Final Hearings. For instance, in their cross-examination of Enbridge Northern Gateway, BC Nature and Nature Canada
http://naturecanadablog.blogspot.ca/2013/02/gateway-oil-spills-hoping-for-best-not.html defined risk as being the product of probability times consequence, demanded that the Proponent choose a worst case scenario for a marine oil spill, and specifically proposed the Scott Islands for such a worst case scenario- all points raised in Gerald's 2010 study. Similarly, Gerald's 2010 study listed several spill incidents involving double hull tankers. The next year, the Living Oceans Society's submission to the Joint Review Panel listed double hull tanker incidents in its report entitled "Tanker Technology: Limitations of Double Hulls": http://www.livingoceans.org/sites/default/files/reports/Limitations%20of%20Double%20Hulls.pdf. Gerald's 2010 report also called for Enbridge Northern Gateway to be required to state what percentage of the time a credible response operation would not be possible for various times of year, given typical conditions at sea and the ineffectiveness of booms, skimmers and other types of spill response equipment during suboptimal operating. The following year the Living Ocean Society's 2011 report entitled "Preliminary Mechanical Response Gap Analysis for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project" and submitted to the Joint Review Panel http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents_staticpost/cearref_21799/83874/Preliminary_Mechanical_Response_Gap_Analysis.pdf made a similar call. Finally, Coastal First Nations cited findings on NASFs of tankers which Gerald had uncovered in unpublished papers by a Greek tanker expert. Click here for details as to how Gerald's work has influenced the debate: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/worldocean-consulting-s-work-influences-the-enbridge-northern-gateway-tanker-review

ou can read Dr. Graham's latest critique of the Applicant's tanker oil spill risk calculations here: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/turning-the-tables-on-northern-gateway. Also, hot off the press, Dr. Graham's "Musings on Enbridge Northern Gateway Tanker Risks": https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/musings-on-tanker-risks.The province of British Columbia has vastly over-estimated the risk of a major tanker spill occurring as a result of the Enbridge Northern Gateway project:  https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/province-of-british-columbia-vastly-over-estimates-risk-of-northern-gateway-tanker. Also, relying upon expert advice furnished to him by Dr. Gerald Graham, MP Nathan Cullen cross examined Enbridge Northern Gateway on February 22, 2013 about their tanker spill risk calculations. Read all about it here: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/enbridge-northern-gateway-tanker-spill-risk-calculations-discussed-during-the-questioning-phase-of-final-hearings.
Thanks to the efforts of his dear friend, Dr. Beverly Mitchell, Dr. Gerald Graham's Oral Statement to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review  Panel is the subject of an article in the February, 2013 issue of Focus Magazine: http://www.focusonline.ca/?q=node/500. Gerald was also interviewed by Eric Stansfield about the Enbridge Northern Gateway project Wednesday, January 16, 2013 on Kelowna AM 1150 talk radio. Here's a link to the audio clip of that interview, in which Dr. Graham slams the ongoing review process: http://www.divshare.com/download/23197749-9f6  Also, an article about Dr. Gerald Graham's marine oil spill prevention and response work appears in the Saturday, January 12, 2013 print edition of the Vancouver Sun. Here's the link: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tankers+risky+north+coast+spill+expert+says/7809696/story.html  Dr. Graham delivered his Oral Statement to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel January 7, 2013. A written copy of the Oral Statement is available here: https://sites.google.com/site/worldoceanconsulting/home/oral-statement-by-gerald-graham-to-enbridge-northern-gateway-project-joint-review-panel
An audio recording of the Oral Statement is available here: http://www.divshare.com/download/22819450-e19 Here's a link to a blog entry of his on the subject: http://bcmarine.blogspot.ca/2013/01/marine-transportation-component-of.html. Lastly, here's a link to the Letter of Comment Dr. Graham submitted to the Joint Review Panel currently reviewing Enbridge's Northern Gateway project application: https://www.neb-one.gc.ca/ll-eng/livelink.exe/fetch/2000/90464/90552/384192/620327/624476/851711/Graham,_Gerald_-_Letter_of_Comment_-_A2Y3V4.pdf?nodeid=851712&vernum=0&redirect=3.

To see what Gerald looks and sounds like, here's a link to a video clip of a TV interview Gerald did April 30, 2010 on the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet show, on the subject of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/april-2010/daily-planet---april-30-2010/#clip297051. Here's another TV interview Gerald did at the time of the same BP Gulf blowout- this one with Susan McGinnis of Clean Skies TV: http://blip.tv/clean-skies-news/experts-seek-oil-spill-technology-advancements-3787556. And here's a link to a radio interview he did May 3, 2010 with WBT Charlotte, NC on the same topic: http://www.wbt.com/goodmorning/archive/detail.aspx?BlogEntryID=10111162. Finally, here's a link to an interview he did on CBC Radio's BC Almanac program, on the Gulf spill from a BC perspective: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/bcalmanac_20100503_31739.mp3.
Gerald has a long history of involvement in the marine environmental field, and has traveled extensively on BC's North Coast ( including a week spent on Gil Island ), Haida Gwaii and elsewhere. His work has taken him all over Canada, including  the Arctic. He has also worked extensively in Europe ( where he lived for more than six years and where he was a Visiting Scholar at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University ), in Africa ( where he has made seven trips to a total of eleven coastal countries ), and in Latin America. He has taught at Canadian and American universities, and published widely.
In terms of his technical accreditation, Gerald is a Canadian Coast Guard-trained On Scene Commander for oil spill response, which means that he is trained to direct the response to a major marine oil or gas incident, such as a tanker casualty or offshore blowout. As examples of his professional experience, Gerald was Principal Consultant on a program review of the entire federal EARP process, served as a Technical Expert to a public review panel, has been commissioned to write submissions to various other panels, including the SETAC panel which reviewed the issue of Victoria sewage. His SETAC report, entitled "Is Victoria Sewage Contaminating Southern Resident Killer Whales?" can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.racerocks.com/racerock/marmam/whale/L51orca/GG_SETAC_Submission_FINAL.pdf Here's a link to a recent radio interview he did on the subject: http://www.divshare.com/download/20723717-62f. And here's a video link to a Victoria sewage panel he participated on: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2046058/events/1692234

He was also seconded as a full-time, in-house Consultant to the Public Review Panel on Tanker Safety and Marine Spills Response Capability, the so-called Brander-Smith panel. In addition, Gerald has worked for the House of Commons on marine, energy and environmental policy issues, for the Government of Canada on Arctic offshore oil and gas policy, and for the Royal Commission on the Sealing Industry. Both his Masters ( International Affairs, Carleton University ) and Ph. D. ( International Affairs, Graduate Institute, Geneva ) theses are on the marine environment. His client list includes DFO, EC, INAC, EA, ICOD, Transport Canada and CIDA in Canada, and The World Bank, FAO, OECD, EU , IOC and GTZ abroad.
Gerald delivered a public lecture on the threat of marine oil spills in the Queen Charlotte Basin at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B. C. on January 27, 2010. Click here for details: http://web.viu.ca/simmsw/Lecture2010/3.%20Graham/3.Graham.pdf.  For a radio interview he did in preparation for his talk, click on the "CHLY 101.7 FM Interview" sidebar in the upper left hand portion of this page. Arrange to meet us at our booth at the International Oil Spill Conference ( http://iosc.org/) in Portland, Oregon, USA, May 23-26, 2011.
See his professional profile on Ocean Expert: http://www.oceanexpert.net/viewMemberRecord.php?&memberID=18129.

Check out our BC Marine Environmental Policy blog at http://bcmarine.blogspot.com/. Check out Gerald's YouTube videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/GeraldFGraham?feature=mhee, and his Vimeo videos at https://vimeo.com/user3182717.
Give us a call on Skype: http://www.skype.com/. Our Skype Name is geraldgraham. Also, read from an extensive selection of Gerald's publications and PowerPoint presentations on Scribd at www.scribd.com/WorldoceanConsulting.

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