Group to practice oilspill response

first_imgIf you see a flurry of activity on the Columbia River near Kalama today, there’s no reason to be alarmed: The Washington Department of Ecology is testing how several state-regulated companies would respond to an actual oil spill.Recovery vessels will deploy oil boom barriers and tracking buoys in an attempt to contain and corral flowing crude. Real oil will not be used during the exercise.The drill is being conducted by the Marine Spill Response Corp., a private, non-profit contractor that works with 20 companies in Washington. Drill participants include Harley Marine Services Inc. of Seattle and oil shipping companies Polar Tankers Inc., SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and Alaska Tanker Co.Shifting sediments make navigating the Columbia River complicated, and retrieving spilled materials difficult. Oil tankers, fuel barges and large cargo vessels make more than 2,300 transits a year in the river.The oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is more than 70 days old with no firm end in sight.last_img

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