Coast Guard says Great Lakes face oil-spill threat

(DETROIT) — A U.S. Coast Guard commander says the Guard and other responders are not adequately equipped or prepared to handle a major oil spill on the Great Lakes, USA Today reported. Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard's 9th District, said the Guard and other groups are moving with a sense of urgency to come up with a response plan. A major spill could threaten the Great Lakes' multibillion-dollar fishing and recreational boating industries.

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By Professional Mariner Staff