Report on dispersant Use in Ice-affected Waters: Status of Regulations and Outreach Opportunities – Task 8 – State of Knowledge Review

The report is a summary of dispersant use regulations in ice-prone countries, a discussion of the potential obstacles to achieving permission to conduct dispersant operation in ice-prone regions, and a strategy to address obstacles.

Based upon this review of the current regulatory environment and except for the UK and the US, it is suggested that obtaining blanket nationwide pre-approval for dispersants from all ice-affected countries is probably unlikely. The report outlines the potential to help countries with oil and gas activities in ice-affected waters appreciate the potential benefit of an expedited process to approve the use of dispersants.