Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 4:29pm.

If oil spilled off our coast it could have an obviously devastating effect local waterways. So just in case, members of the Coast Guard stationed here in Wilmington spent the day learning how to prepare for the worst. In a two-day training session, the Coast Guard, along with state and local agencies, used several scenarios to prepare for different types of oil spill emergencies. Protecting public safety is the Coast Guard's number one concern, so mapping out an oil spill response plan is the best way to plan for a worst case scenario. Deputy Sector Commander Greg Case said, "It's one of our major missions, and the protection of the environment and it's important because of all of the commerce that comes in at our ports and we want to be good stewards of the environment and so do our partners so that's why we come together, create a plan and then exercise that plan." Oil spill training has been a federal requirement ever since the 1990 Exxon oil spill off the coast of Alaska.

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