Kawkawlin, Mich. — Wolverine Pipe Line Company conducted a simulated spill response drill at the Herbert W. Stieth Memorial Park on September 19th, 2019. The drill was part of Wolverine’s annual emergency response preparedness training.
Wolverine personnel, along with the Bangor Township Fire Department, placed containment boom in the river to simulate released product control and recovery. This was only a simulated drill to better prepare in the event of an actual release in the river.
“Hands-on-training drills like this boom deployment exercise allow Wolverine personnel the opportunity to gain critical experience in the field,” said Louis Kraus, Right of Way & Claims and Public Affairs Specialist at Wolverine Pipe Line Company. “When local emergency responders participate, it allows a partnership to form.”
“Simulated field exercises allow both emergency responders and pipeline operators to gain invaluable experience for actual incidents,” said Bangor Township Fire Chief Rob Glen. “Training together also helps build relationships, and learn about each other’s capabilities.”
Wolverine has an eight-inch pipeline and a six-inch pipeline that run through Bay County, transporting gasoline and diesel fuel from Chicago refineries to the area. Wolverine conducts these drills at different locations two to three times per year.
Wolverine Pipeline Company is a fuel transportation company headquartered in Portage Michigan. Wolverine operates ~700 miles of active pipeline transporting refined petroleum products from refineries in the Chicago area to the Michigan market. Wolverine transports over 30% of all gasoline and diesel fuel used in Michigan.
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