UPDATE 4: Coast Guard, partners respond to spill in Straits of Mackinac

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News Release


Date: April 6, 2018
Contact: Lt. j.g. Sean Murphy
Phone: (906) 635-3223
Email: PointLeBarbeResponseJIC@gmail.com
9th District online newsroom


UPDATE 4: Coast Guard, partners respond to spill in Straits of Mackinac


MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — The mineral oil leak in American Transmission Company’s utility lines may have been caused by vessel activity in the Straits of Mackinac; in addition to the ongoing environmental response, the Coast Guard initiated a marine casualty investigation, Friday.

The Unified Command initiated notifications to entities responsible for other lines that cross the Straits to ensure that all steps are taken to assess and mitigate any potential damage to infrastructure or risk to the public health and the environment. Currently, there are no new indications of possible pollution.

The Coast Guard and ATC will continue to conduct overflights throughout the week as well as surveying the water from vessels. No oil sheen or indications of pollution are present.

The Unified Command’s effort to extract oil from ATC’s utility lines is ongoing. The estimated mineral oil spill from ATC’s utility lines remains at 600 gallons. 

Previous news releases can be viewed here.

For more information contact the Point Le Barbe Response at the Joint Information Center via email at PointLeBarbeResponseJIC@gmail.com or District 9 Public Affairs at (216) 902-6020.