Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Oil Leak in Lower Harbor

These are photos of part of the cleanup process of an oil spill in Marquette's Lower Harbor. Apparently it happened on Monday -- which explains the Coast Guard helicopter flying over our house several times that day -- but I didn't know about it until last night, when most of the cleanup had already taken place. Here's a link to The Mining Journal story in yesterday's paper.

This is the part I find most interesting:

The Coast Guard continues to investigate the grounding, and Adams said it’s possible that the lake bottom around the plant had shifted, creating shallows or sandbars where the boat’s captain did not expect them.
“It’s being investigated to see whether over the winter months, the bottom structure changed,” he said.

What I'd like to know is why don't they check if the bottom structure changed over the winter months BEFORE allowing ships to come through?!

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