Following an oil spill, the responsible party is issued a letter inviting them to participate in a pre-assessment screening process where the state Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Committee reviews the facts of the spill and determines the appropriate method for assessing damages. Using the pre-assessment screening process, the RDA Committee determines whether to conduct detailed resource damage assessment studies, or if the compensation schedule should be used to assess damages for oil spills into state waters.
The compensation schedule is used if the RDA Committee determines that:
- Restoration of injured resources is not technically feasible.
- Damages are not quantifiable at a reasonable cost.
- The responsible party has not proposed a restoration project that sufficiently provides adequate compensation.