Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 13, 2011 12:17 ET

Canada, U.S. to Practise Emergency Response on St. Marys River, September 13-14th, 2011

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2011) - Canada and the United States are partnering to practise oil spill response preparedness during this year's Canadian/United States Great Lakes exercise (CANUSLAK) on the St. Marys River on September 13-14th. The full-scale exercise will involve partners from other levels of government, industry, the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Bay Mills Indian Community and other local stakeholders.

Through the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Canada and the United States are committed to working together to ensure that both jurisdictions can collaborate quickly and effectively in the event of an environmental incident in our shared waters. The CANUSLAK exercise is an important element in our cooperative approach that will allow responders to test and continuously improve a broad range of pollution response activities that would be jointly undertaken in the event of a major pollution incident.

Both the US and Canada, as well as state, provincial, municipal and Aboriginal partners place a high priority on the ability to respond effectively and efficiently to protect the safety of the public and our shared environment.

This year's exercise, led by the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard will test current plans and protocols to ensure a high level of readiness and response capability for any ship-source and mystery source pollution incidents in these inland international waters.

No oil or other pollutant will be released during the exercise.

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Contact Information

  • Theresa Nichols
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada/ Canadian Coast Guard
    (204) 226-8352

    Lt Rob Scott
    Public Affairs Office
    United States Coast Guard
    (906) 748-8422