Coast Guard Conducts Oil Spill Drill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Grapefruit, oranges and limes will float across part of a Miami bay to test plans to protect shorelines that would be vulnerable to damage from an offshore oil spill.

The Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies will close off part of Biscayne Bay on Thursday with 7,500 feet of boom. Officials say the boom is supposed to divert the floating fruit to nearby beaches.

The fruit is a stand-in for oil. In the event of a major spill, the boom would deflect oil onto beaches or into weaker currents. Officials say it's easier to clean up oil from those areas than in sensitive mangroves.

The boom is the same kind used in the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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