Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An orphan oil spill



This morning, black oil and a rainbow-colored oil sheen spread throughout Squalicum marina in downtown Bellingham. The Port of Bellingham immediately started cleaning it up, and notified the Coast Guard. Within a short time, staff from the Department of Ecology, the Coast Guard, and the oil spill contractor NRC environmental services were working hard in the frigid wind to clean up the oil. How did it get in the water? Nobody knows. It may have been one bucket of motor oil kicked over, by mistake (one quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water). We really appreciate this rapid, aggressive cleanup response.

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