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Oil spill drill set for March 28 near BP Cherry Point

BIRCH BAY — Don't panic if you see what looks like an oil spill response from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 28, off-shore by Birch Bay State Park.

It's only a drill.

Here are the details via BP's public affairs.

Members of the Birch Bay community may see our Spill Team in response boats on the water and on the shoreline within Birch Bay State Park and Birch Bay Village.

Particulars are as follows:

Cherry Point Spill Team will mobilize a boom trailer to the boat launch area at Birch Bay State Park and deploy boom into the water in that location. A Staging Area will be set-up at the Boom Launch site.

Response Boats will be trailered from the refinery to Birch Bay Village where they will be launched. The boats will then come over to pick-up the spill response boom at Birch Bay State Park and take the boom over to WA State Dept. of Ecology-designated Geographic Response Plan (GRP) NPS-04 at the entrance to Birch Bay Village, where deployment of that GRP configuration will be tested. Response vessels from Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) will also participate in the exercise and the WA Dept. of Ecology will be on-site to evaluate the equipment deployment exercise.

(Sorry for the last-minute post. We were just notified, too.)

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