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Extract from Preface
"This Shoreline Protection Strategy Plan has been compiled on behalf of Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, Texaco North Sea U.K. Company and BG International by Briggs Marine Environmental Services Limited covering the Moray Firth area between Duncansby Head and Rattray Head.

This operational document aims to identify sites where protective booming may be of practical use in reducing the impact of oil approaching from the sea. It is designed to assist experienced planners in, identifying environmentally and/or socio-economically vulnerable sites from where a shoreline response can be conducted, and implementing the efficient use of oil spill response resources in order to maximise protection of priority areas. In addition a marine response has been detailed for two sites of great environmental importance. The document also provides trained responders with the key operational information required to effect the most efficient response.

In viewing the identified areas, professional judgement concerning the practicality and reason for attempting booming and oil recovery have been taken into account. The selection of booming sites considered a review of environmentally sensitive areas, the effect a mechanical response may have upon the resource and vehicle access to the site. Booming configurations and boom types suggested are not definitive and should be used as guidance only. They were judged suitable for the sea conditions experienced on the day the site was surveyed. However, as operations will be determined by the prevailing conditions at the time, no guarantee can be given to the success or otherwise of attempting these recommendations.

Methods for shoreline clean-up are as diverse as the shoreline types encountered around the Moray Firth coastline. The phases of clean-up depend upon more than one method employed, with the most appropriate judged on the day by their merits. However, basic shoreline clean-up techniques that would be employed include; the digging of trenches and beach skimming utilising plant vehicles for sandy beaches and extensive flushing with high volume low pressure water for rocky and shingle shorelines."

The Strategy Plan identifies 35 different shoreline sites around the Moray Firth. For each site identified, the Strategy Plan provides information on the location, how to get there, the access onto the shore, and local information including details of mobile phone networks available. The type of shoreline is described and the usage by local fishermen etc noted. The Strategy then describes what the aim should be in the event of an oil spill in the area (i.e. to stop oil from reaching the shoreline), how this should best be achieved (i.e. How many boom should be deployed, what kind of booms, and where they should be placed). The Plan also gives advice on how any oil should be recovered, from what point and where on shore it can be temporarily stored.


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