CLEVELAND – The Forest City Yacht Club reopened for business today, one week after a lube oil spill affected the daily operations at its Marina.
The lube oil that leaked into Lake Erie on Good Friday was successfully recovered and a majority of the water and shoreline impacted by the spill was cleared for boaters by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio EPA and NOAA. This enabled the Forest City Yacht Club to resume normal operations in less than one week.
“All of the responders worked together around the clock to contain and recover the oil, minimizing further impact on the marine environment and the Port of Cleveland,” 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 mariners, 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 contractors 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.
April 10, 2015: UPDATE 6: Forest City Yacht Club reopens after oil spill
Date: Apr 11, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM
Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities
Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951