Proceedings Spring 2015
In this response like no other response, however, strike team
members graded an area for the 300-foot, by 8-foot dragone
to rest in. Unfortunately, at night, the dracone looked like
a paved road … and a large piece of equipment ran over it,
rendering it inoperable.
Additionally, responders used a 9-foot long, double-stage
pump that weighed 500 lbs. and had a pumping rate of
900 to 1,645 gallons per minute.
"Treats" Followed "Tricks"
The good news: Strike team members, ever resourceful, used
vacuum trucks to recover the oil, and then transferred it to
tank trailers. Also, as a result of this response (and many
others), National Strike Force personnel now use a pump
that is less than two feet long, weighs 197 lbs., and features
a pumping rate of 2,000 to 3,000 gallons per minute.
• The AST continued working full force from Nov. 1, 1983,
to Jan. 12, 1984.
• The fre was declared out on July 4, 1984.
• Total oil runoff was estimated at 840,000 gallons and the
fnal costs for response, cleanup, and court proceedings
totaled $11.8 million.
And finally, the site was deleted off the EPA Superfund
cleanup list on Sept. 30, 2005 — 22 years later.
About the authors:
Mr. Dale R. Hemenway is a preparedness specialist at the National Strike
Force Coordination Center. He spent more than 22 years on Coast Guard
active duty, with three tours on the Atlantic Strike Team, and retired as a
machinery technician chief.
Mr. James W. Snyder is a preparedness specialist at the National Strike Force
Coordination Center. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard damage controlman
chief, with duty tours that included service on the Atlantic Strike Team and
two marine safety offces.
For example, AST members also used a dracone (a large
rubber container that expands as product is pumped into it)
to store cooled oil. It is designed to foat, as the strike team
typically deployed to oil spills on water.
Strike Team Response
Equipment and Personnel
► on-scene technical assistance;
► site safety monitoring;
► air monitoring and sampling support;
► cost documentation;
► command post organization, stafng, and
► cleanup equipment;
► communications support.
► chemical hazard assessment and research,
► air release modeling,
► response methods recommendations,
► long distance communications.
► command post,
► communications trailer,
► support vehicles,
► viscous oil pumping system,
► submersible and non-submersible pumps,
► type "o" portable dracone,
► personal protective equipment,
► air monitoring equipment.