THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER OIL SPILL OF JUNE 23, 1976--ARE YOU EVER TRULY READY?

On June 23, 1976, tank barge Nepco 140 grounded near the eastern end of Wellesley Island releasing about 300,000 gal of No. 6 oil into the Saint Lawrence River. Over the following 3 d the oil spread 85 mi downstream and contaminated more than 300 mi of island and mainland shoreline. The cleanup lasted more than 16 wk at a cost of more than $8,000,000. The need to reduce the affected area should be paramount to all other considerations in a spill such as this. The inability to mitigate the damage resulted not only in a time-consuming and expensive cleanup, but also in contamination to high residential development, wilderness shoreline, wildlife refuges, and marshland frontage. Previous incidents in similar areas did not provide complete information for pre-planning. It is essential that the predesignated on-scene coordinator implement an organization scheme to make the recovery effort as effective and as thorough as possible. Where environmental and economic impacts are severe, it is necessary for the coordinator to have planned both internal organizational needs and substantive needs for the physical recovery itself.

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  • Pagination: p. 81-85

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00177238
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication 4284
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM