City marina back in business

Published 9:08 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2009

As predicted, cleanup efforts at the city marina that were necessitated by an oil spill were quickly completed.

Grady Springer, an environmental scientist with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, said the marina was partially reopened between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, when one of the marina’s boat ramps was reopened.

“As far as the remediation, everything went as planned,” said “They completed the total remediation about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.”

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The marina also passed a Monday checkup, performed to ensure the cleanup was complete.

“Everything was cleaned up, everything’s still clean and they are through and gone,” said Dallas County EMA Director Rhonda Abbott. “Everything was cleaned up, everything’s still clean and they are through and gone. Everything’s good.”

Some vegetation inside the marina was removed becuase of the spill.

It is not known how much oil the tugboat spilled into the Alabama River. Abbott said the driver knew what was on the boat, but did not know what was spilled.

The cleaning was necessary after a tugboat bound for the Dixie Pellet plant departed from the marina early Saturday.

As it left, the vessel deposited a large quantity of oil in the area, forcing the marina’s temporary closure Saturday morning.