In a release, the U.S. Coast Guard said oil spill response equipment will be deployed in the vicinity of Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay and may be visible from shore. Officials say a harmless, non-toxic dye is being used for the drill for responders to simulate on-water recovery operations with boats, boom and skimmers. Wildlife experts are also on hand to monitor marine species. The drill is testing assets and personnel being moved across the border between Canada and the U.S. and test the activation process for the Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan, Pacific Annex. The annex was designed to prepare for possible incidents requiring an international response.
News from #BritishColumbia: Don’t be alarmed! On May 22 and 23, we will be conducting an on-water pollution response drill with the @USCGPacificNW and other response partners in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Air and water assets will be deployed. #JustADrill pic.twitter.com/NfvrV6h5yz— Canadian Coast Guard (@CoastGuardCAN) May 21, 2019