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Elaborate plan develops to save grounded freighter


From Duluth to Philadelphia and parts farther yet came a plan Tuesday to rescue the freighter Roger Blough from its grounding in the far eastern edge of Lake Superior.

A pair of other Great Lakes Fleet freighters — the Arthur M. Anderson and Philip R. Clarke — will converge on the site of the Blough in Whitefish Bay beginning Thursday, said Mitch Koslow, vice president of engineering for Keystone Shipping Co. in Philadelphia, the central office for the ship’s operator.

Simply, the plan will be to offload iron ore onto the other vessels from the Blough at its currently grounded state near the Gros Cap Reefs, about 10 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and the Soo Locks.

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Coast Guard continues to work on grounded freighter

5/31 - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich

The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor the motor vessel Roger Blough after it ran aground in Whitefish Bay off Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Coast Guard says plans continue to progress to safely free the 858-foot long vessel from Gros Cap Reef along with Canadian partners and company representatives.
The Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, homeported in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., has arrived on scene and a 500-yard safety zone has been established around the Blough to protect passing vessels from potential hazards associated with salvage operations.
"Something going forward is looking at trying to figure out exactly what the damage is before we can move onto salvage," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Yaw. "The last thing that we really want to do would be to move forward with refloating the vessel and all the sudden something that was damaged and we weren't aware of and then something happening."
The Coast Guard says the Roger Blough has activated its vessel response plan, taking precautionary measures to ensure safety of the environment – including coordination with their oil spill response organization as well as underwater dive surveys – to more assess the damage and unground the vessel.

Senators want higher liability for Great Lakes oil spills


Michigan's senators are asking the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are classified as "offshore" so that owners would have to pay the full costs of cleaning a spill

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s U.S. senators want the Department of Transportation to make sure oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes are treated as “offshore” and not “onshore” to ensure the owners will have to pay the full cost of a cleanup if there is a spill.

Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, sent U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx a letter on Tuesday urging him to make sure underwater pipeline segments in and around the Great Lakes are classified as separate “offshore” facilities.
The senators wrote the finding has “significant consequence,” because under the Oil Pollution Act the liability for cleanup costs for owners or operators of onshore facilities are capped at $634 million, “whereas companies operating pipelines classified as offshore facilities are required to demonstrate they have sufficient resources to pay for all cleanup costs.”

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Coast Guard to lead oil spill exercise in St. Clair River


Boats and oil-containment booms will fill a portion of the St. Clair River in Marysville Wednesday — but there's no cause for concern.

The U.S. Coast Guard is leading a training exercise in response to a simulated 200,000-gallon leak from an Enbridge pipeline.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Ben Chamberlain said the exercise will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The exercise will include creation of a unified command; establishing incident planning, finance, logistics and public information components; multi-agency coordination; and oil recovery strategies.

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In response: Company reacted properly after 1980 spill


The Company’s records show that Enbridge (then known as Lakehead Pipe Line Co. Inc.) acted quickly on July 28, 1980, when a release of approximately five barrels of light crude oil in the Hiawatha National Forest were detected, notifying the Michigan Department of Natural Resources immediately following release confirmation that day. On July 29, 1980, we notified the Michigan Public Service Commission and the U.S. Forest Service. The spill was cleaned up following all the standards and requirements of that time.

In 2011, a decision was made to check for any remaining impacts related to the 1980 release while preparing for a valve replacement project in the area. Under an amendment to our existing right-of-way permit, we excavated land around our maintenance project and removed soil from the area.

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