Federal, state and local agencies to exercise oil spill response on the St. Clair River

45 St. JosephMARYSVILLE, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with other federal, state, local, and Canadian response agencies is conducting a functional oil spill response exercise with Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (“Enbridge”) in Marysville, Michigan, Wednesday, May 25th from 8 a.m., to 3 p.m.

More than 400 participants are involved in this exercise of a simulated discharge of light crude oil from Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline that crosses the St. Clair River.

The exercise will include all operations involved in an emergency response to an oil spill including creation of a unified command; establishing incident planning, finance, logistics and public information components; multi-agency coordination; and oil recovery strategies.

Other participants include representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State Police, and St. Clair County Emergency Management.

Planning for this exercise has been ongoing for 12 months and is part of regularly scheduled planning efforts between the federal government and industry as dictated by the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines.

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