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Hogan Administration Leads Coordinated Rapid Response to Limited Oil Spill in Baltimore City

Hogan Administration Leads Coordinated Rapid Response to Limited Oil Spill in Baltimore City

Situation Contained; Maryland Department of Environment Assisting U.S. Coast Guard

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Hogan administration is leading a coordinated response to a limited oil spill on Jones Falls in Baltimore City, between Pier 6 and President Street at the Inner Harbor, caused by a warehouse fire overnight on East Monument Street. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) immediately became directly engaged in the response efforts, and the spill is now 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.”

State actions include the following:

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