Spill drill coming to bayCounty emergency teams will work with railroad company CN Tuesday in a mock fuel spill drill on Agate Bay in Two Harbors. CN owns the docks on the bay.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
County emergency teams will work with railroad company CN Tuesday in a mock fuel spill drill on Agate Bay in Two Harbors. CN owns the docks on the bay.
While the drill is on public property, organizers are asking the public to stay out of the way, especially at the boat landing area on the bay.
The drill will begin at 8 a.m. and will also include state and federal response teams. There will be “table-top simulations” and an equipment deployment drill responding to an accidental release from the Great Lakes Fleet fueling facility.
The “Incident Command Center” will be the Two Harbors Community Center. The equipment deployment drill will be near the CN’s fueling facility near the ore docks.
Earlier this summer there was a real response to a reported fuel spill on the bay. The Two Harbors Fire Department and Lake County rescue teams responded July 7 to a reported oil slick on the bay west of the ore docks. It turned out to be taconite dust sitting on still Lake Superior water.
The fire and rescue crews placed containment booms on the bay before a Coast Guard crew made the determination of what was on the water.
At the time, Aaron Gross, the chief of response for the Marine Safety Unit of the Coast Guard in Duluth, said the response was a “nice test” for a real emergency. Gross said the response was good, CN responders were there as well, and the scrambling that day might have fulfilled the federal mandate for a drill like the one coming Tuesday. “I’ll have to call and see if this would count,” Gross said at the time.
Apparently it didn’t.