New England oil-spill equipment headed to the Gulf oil spill

BOSTON- The First Coast Guard District is currently transporting oil spill clean-up equipment from New England to Alabama in support of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon response.

Two vessel of opportunity skimming systems from Portsmouth, N.H., and Quonset, R.I., are scheduled to arrive in Mobile, Ala., by Friday for further deployment to the Gulf.

“Although we are sending oil recovery equipment to the Gulf, Coast Guard units throughout New England remain with pollution response experts capable of responding to pollution incidents in the area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Scott Lundgren, an environmental response and preparedness coordinator for the First Coast Guard District in Boston.

Government and commercial oil-skimming systems are intentionally positioned throughout the country for local response while also allowing resources to be cascaded in the event of a major spill.

“We practice with this equipment annually to be ready, most recently in Portland during a major exercise a little over a month ago,” said Lundgren. “Our hope is to never need to use it, but it is reassuring that we are rehearsed and ready to go when the unfortunate need arises.”

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