Major oil spill drill on NAS Whidbey

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What would happen in the event of a major oil spill in Crescent Harbor? The U.S. Navy will conduct a day-long exercise on Aug. 27 to help answer that question.

Federal and state regulations require the Navy to periodically perform a large-scale scenario such as an oil spill to test the emergency response capacity of its spill response team. It is also an opportunity to coordinate response efforts with other agencies, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington State Fish and Wildlife Service, local tribal nations and the Island County Department of Emergency Management.

As part of the exercise, a central command post will be established on the Sea Plane Base. Waterborne oil skimmers and a boom designed to contain and recover oil will also participate. Cleanup teams will be staged on shore and oil spill response boats will practice tactical oil recover methods, which will be visible to the public. Traffic to and from Sea Plane Base will not be restricted. Contact the public affairs office at 257-2286 for further information.

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