Coast Guard to conduct oil spill response test burns on Little Sand Island

MOBILE, Ala. – The Coast Guard Research and Development Center and federal, state and local stakeholders will be conducting a series of controlled test burns of diesel fuel at Little Sand Island in Mobile Bay, Alabama, starting Monday.

There will be several test burns during the week that will last for approximately 10 minutes and produce a small plume of black smoke.

Pre-planned burns allow researchers to gather critical data and determine best practices for operational use of in-situ burning to help oil spill responders develop new equipment and procedures and train response personnel.

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