Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery plans to conduct an on water-based oil spill response training with the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Washington State Department of Ecology (ECY) near the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from roughly 7 a.m.-1 p.m. This exercise is designed to train on the state’s Geographic Response Plan (GRP) to protect Seafarer’s Park and Cap Sante Marina in the event of a spill.
Approximately 20 Shell employees as well as five MSRC employees and two ECY employees will participate in the training, which will include the utilization of boom and other oil spill response equipment. As a reminder, this is a training exercise and will not involve an actual spill release of any kind.
Protecting people and the environment are our two most important priorities at Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery, and we have robust emergency response capabilities for achieving both. We regularly train, test and drill on these systems to ensure their effectiveness and incorporate best practices for response. While the specific training and drill activities can vary, they serve to ensure our employees are properly trained and prepared to respond if needed.
Shell provides this information in an effort to respond to inquiries that may originate from the general public, commercial and recreational mariners, and law enforcement entities regarding our training activities. If members of the public have additional questions then they should contact the Shell Puget Sound Refinery via the Community Information Hotline: 360-293-1797.