OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will be testing how well Harley Marine Services of Seattle can mount a rapid, aggressive and well-coordinated response to a simulated 34,000-gallon oil spill near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca on August 1.
The Strait is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. A significant spill in the international waterway could have serious consequences to Washington’s economy, environment and cultural resources.
No oil will be discharged during the large-scale equipment deployment exercise. Representatives from Ecology will observe and evaluate the planned drill near Neah Bay.
Harley Marine is sponsoring the multi-party oil-spill readiness drill with its contractor, Marine Spill Response Corp. MSRC is a private, non-profit spill response company supported by oil terminal and shipping company customers.
There also will be four oil tanker companies involved in the exercise:
. Alaska Tanker Co.
. BP Shipping
. ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers
. SeaRiver Maritime