Canadian Coast Guard runs environmental drill in Iqaluit

Exercise is one of two events the coast guard is holding to celebrate its 60th anniversary

Members of the Canadian Coast Guard run through a mock scenario at Iqaluit’s causeway Thursday afternoon in which they need to clean up what’s left from a 550-litre diesel spill on the coastline. The sprinkling water rinses oil off the shoreline and into the bay, where the oil is contained by a barrier — or boom — and cleaned, said Sean Hurd, a coast guard deputy superintendent. Hurd said cleaning this way causes less harm to vegetation and wildlife. Thursday’s exercise is one of two events the federal agency is holding in Iqaluit this week to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The second event is an open house at Iqaluit Square Friday from noon to 2:30 p.m. (Photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

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