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Crews contain Inner Harbor oil spill following mattress warehouse fire

Posted at 3:06 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 19:41:50-04

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Environment assisted the U.S. Coast Guard with containing a limited oil spill in the Inner Harbor on Friday.

The spill, which happened between Pier 6 and President Street, was caused by the East Monument Street overnight warehouse fire. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) immediately responded, so the spill has been contained.

“The oil spill has been contained with deployed sorbent sweep material and existing boom equipment that is used to channel debris into one of the City’s trash wheels,” said MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles. “The state’s rapid response to this incident, working in coordination with city and federal partners, quickly contained the problem and prevented further issues.”

Today's State actions included:

  • Governor Larry Hogan getting on an emergency conference call with senior administration officials to immediately activate state resources.
  • MDE's Emergency Response Division arriving to the scene with three response trucks, one boom trailer, one response boat and three responders.
  • MDE providing full and immediate support to the U.S. Coast Guard and Miller Environmental, which is a federal government response partner.
  • Administration officials being in communication with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and organizers of the 4th Annual Flotilla to advice kayakers and others to stay away from the affected area while responders continue their work.