Coast Guard investigates spills at South Carolina marinas

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The Coast Guard in South Carolina is continuing to respond to reports of pollution at the Charleston City, Bristol and Ashley River marinas in the Charleston area during the weekend.

Boaters reported pools of thick purple diesel-type product pooling in the marinas Saturday evening.

A decision was made late Saturday night to federalize the response in order to use the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for cleanup, but by Sunday morning most of the product had dissipated and was unrecoverable because of heavy rainfall, so the fund was not needed.

The heaviest pockets were within City Marina, and a mile-long and quarter-mile-wide sheen was visible in the Ashley River from the Highway 17 bridge to Tradd Street. On Sunday morning, City Marina deployed additional boom and absorbent pads.

Responders expected any remaining product to further dissipate or burn off in the sunlight Sunday, said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Nichols, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen told the Post and Courier newspaper on Sunday evening that the source of the pollution remained unknown, but that whatever caused the chemical spills was not continuing to flow. Jorgensen said the type of chemical that spilled was not known, but it had a “strong diesel odor.”


One comment on “Coast Guard investigates spills at South Carolina marinas

  1. Bill Reeder

    Oil Spill Eater II was used on a large spill in December of 2013, converting the oil on the Atlantic ocean, shorelines and sensitive mangroves to CO2 and water without any harm to humans, cleaning up the mangroves so they suffered no ill effects from the spill, and most dramatically remediating the oil on the oceans surface, while causing the oil to float, while it was converting the oil to CO2 and water. Causing the oil to float, the opposite of what happens when toxic dispersants are used to sink oil into the water column where 60% of marine species lives, OSE II prevented these marine species from being exposed to toxic dispersants, which have been proven to be 52 times more toxic than oil, and OSE II prevented the oil from sinking as well. OSE II also reduces the adhesion properties so if a bird or wildlife come into contact with the oil once OSE II has been applied, it will not adhere to them and they will be able to fly/move away without harm. The problems in US is the response, and since the Valdez spill the only thing the Coast Guard and EPA have improved on is command and control not the response. OSE II is non toxic, and has proven globally when you use a non toxic product that actually removes oil from the environment, water or shoreline, you can minimize a spills impact, while protecting marine species, birds, wildlife and humans/responders, and turn a potential catastrophe into a minimal or non event. The recent spill in the Houston ship channel, the same old inadequate mechanical response was used with over 60 skimmers and 100’s of responders, the spill migrated to the Mexican coast, before coming ashore coating 100’s of miles of Texas shorelines. The same spill of the coast of Africa was responded to with 10 shallow water boats, 1 barge and less than 50 responders and the spill was contained with OSE II, and when it went ashore they did not have dig up miles of shorelines destroying huge areas of eco systems, they merely sprayed OSE II and in the case of the mangroves sprayed a slight mist of water after the application of OSE II, to allow the oil to run off the mangroves and they lived without harm. Once again the response in the US is the problem, the US EPA and Coast Guard are forcing the carrying out of antiquated responses with mechanical equipment, and dispersants, while third world countries are performing safer far more effective response that actually protect natural resources and the health safety and welfare of the people!

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