CLEVELAND – Lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday has been successfully recovered and the water surrounding the spill has been cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA.
“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and allowing the impacted Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week,” said Cmdr. Joe Higgins, the Coast Guard representative in the unified command. “As a result of this dedication and hard work, the harbor remains a clean and safe environment for families and wildlife.”
“On behalf of the Unified Command and all of the responding crews, I would like to thank the Forest City Yacht Club and its members for their patience and assistance,” stated Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson. “The Club has been a tremendous partner, and we were pleased to get them back up and sailing in time for the nice weekend forecast.”
Crews will continue to clear debris from the shorelines in the vicinity of the spill, and Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.
The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, City of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.
Date: Apr 10, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities
Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951