Collier County EOC prepares to battle oil spill

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— Collier County is ready to protect its shoreline from the potential oil spill disaster.

That's the message Dan Summers, Collier County's emergency services director, sent to Collier County commissioners this morning.

Summers was on hand this morning to update commissioners about the April 22 Deep Horizons oil spill. The update included information about the county's efforts to protect its coast in the event that oil makes it to Collier County.

Summers said the county is working on plans to work with BP, as well as federal and state authorities, to protect the area waters. But Summers said if the oil reaches Collier County booms will not be the primary methodology for protecting the beaches.

“Understand that booming is for heavy sheen product on the surface, that's what the northern counties are faced with,” Summers said. “If the spill comes this far south, it will be a very weathered product and the boom will not be effective.”

Summers said residents could see tar balls or tar patties if that happens, something that isn't an easy an fix.

“To tell you that there's an easy fix or an easy remediation isn't correct, yet if, and I say if, any of this ends up here we're ready to go to work,” Summers said.

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