Oil spill prevention testing after weekend oil sheen
GRAYS HARBOR & ANACORTES, Wash. - The Coast Guard has been cleaning up a 400 by 100 foot sheen in Grays Harbor. Coast Guards were notified on Sunday, and began the cleanup early on Monday, using absorbent pads.
The Dept. Of Ecology and the Coast Guard are investigating the spill, the source seems to be a boat moored at the Westpoint Marina.
The DOE is now testing oil spill readiness in Padilla Bay near Anacortes. An ecology spokesman says companies that work with the Washington State Maritime Cooperative is practicing oil spill response and protection of sensitive areas.
The cooperative provides oil spill contingency plan coverage for 1,200 large commercial vessels that move through the Puget Sound, Grays Harbor and the Washington coast. The vessels include cargo ships, fish processors and passenger ships.
The drill on Tuesday was designed to test the effectiveness of those plans and the spill contractors' ability to carry it out. NRC Environmental Services is the private spill response contractor hired by the cooperative. NRC provided the equipment for the drill.