If you saw a bunch of flashing lights and heard a lot of sirens this morning, don’t worry – it was just a drill.
Local first responders were practicing what they would do if there was an oil spill at the W.M. Barr and Company facility on Channel Drive.
Here’s the information on the drill:
The scenario is an unknown person opens a valve on a pipeline between a barge unloading its cargo and the holding tank on shore. The open valve is discovered when a barge tankerman begins to notice the odor of mineral spirits. When the source of the odor is located and a leak is discovered, W.M. Barr executes its emergency response plan and emergency responders are called to the scene. The drill will include response, notification, containment, investigation, possible domestic terrorism and clean up.
.Photo courtesy Flickr user Mulad.