FERC After-Action Panel Report on Oroville Dam Spillway Incident
December 6, 2018
Following the Oroville Dam spillway incident of February 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) convened the FERC After-Action Panel to review the performance of the Commissionís dam safety program at the Oroville Dam Project. This includes both work and actions by FERC staff, and the program requirements of the dam owner, such as the Part 12 process, the analysis of potential failure modes, the Instrumentation and Monitoring Program, and the ownerís dam safety program.
FERC also directed the panel to identify any shortcomings in the FERC dam safety program implementation at Oroville Dam. If the panel found any shortcomings, FERC directed the panel to provide recommendations for improvements or changes that the Commission could consider making to its dam safety program to avoid future incidents.
The After-Action Panel members are Dr. Alfred Hendron, Jr., Dr. Nelson Pinto, Dr. Gabriel Fernandez, Dr. Nicholas Sitar, Charles Ahlgren, PE, and John Northrop, PE.
The Panelís final report can be found below. The Commission will begin reviewing this report and will determine how to best address the recommendations provided.