“Will the Golden Ray Salvage Threaten OPA 90” –gCaptain

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rests on the side of the Golden Ray, a 656-foot vehicle carrier, to drop off supplies for Coast Guard crews and port partners who attempt to locate and rescue the remaining four crewmembers aboard the Golden Ray, Sept. 9, 2019, in St. Simons Sound, near Brunswick, Georgia. A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, Station Brunswick boat crews and other port partners rescued 20 people the morning of Sept. 8, after it was reported the vessel was disabled and listing. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson)

gCaptain has a significant editorial that questions the Coast Guard’s plan for the grounded car carrier Golden Ray. This is not in my wheelhouse, but sounds like they have valid reservations about the proposed method of salvage and its possible adverse environmental impact. (OPA-90 is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.)

“This is OPA 90’s biggest test ever. The question is, will the United States Coast Guard allow OPA-90 to be manipulated by responsible parties? Will they rewind the clock to the days before Exxon Valdez when polluters managed their own environmental disaster recovery efforts?”

Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.

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