Petro Marine Services employees deployed bright yellow booms around their dock in Gastineau Channel Wednesday. A boom is basically a floating guardrail used to contain oil spills.
Plant manager Jeff Irvin said it’s just a drill, ahead of an upcoming Coast Guard evaluation. They’ll have another spill response drill next Tuesday.
“It’s just one of those things, like basketball practice,” Irvin said. “The more you do it, the better you get, right? If you ever have an incident.”
He said the Coast Guard and state Department of Environmental Conservation were notified. He expected to be drilling most of the day.
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- While this particular virus isn’t doing widespread damage, its emergence opens the door for other viruses to pop up between oceans.
- The Alaska Marine Highway System recently deployed the Tazlina to restore winter service to some Southeast communities. But the ferry can’t serve Angoon right now — its ramp is broken.
- The Juneau Police Department reports that two people have died in a single-car crash near Cohen Drive Thursday morning. Additionally, two people who were in the car were medevaced out of Juneau.
- With this project, Alaska transportation officials are relying more heavily on public dialogue from Juneau residents.