MARION – Chief Brian Jackvony announced that the Marion Fire Department has received more than $ 20,000 in grants from the Baker-Polito administration of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act Trust Fund.
A total of nine grants, totaling $ 214,308, have been awarded by the state and will go to projects that help protect Massachusetts coastline from oil spills, according to a press release. The funding will provide oil spill training and planning, help start drone programs to deal with spill emergencies, provide spill detection sensors, and purchase forward-looking infrared camera equipment to investigate. oil spills and provide training and equipment for wildlife rehabilitation.
A grant, in the amount of $ 14,200, will be used by the Marion Fire Department to start a drone program. The drone will be equipped with a FLIR camera to help identify oil in the water.
A second grant, in the amount of $ 6,000, will be used by the ministry to hire a contractor to prepare an oil spill detection and preparedness plan. The plan will inventory the likely sources of oil spills and identify the preferred routes.
Both grants are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
“Oil spills can be disastrous for our coasts and can have lasting effects on the environment,” said Chief Jackvony. “The grants will help us implement valuable prevention and preparedness programs and we are grateful to the Baker-Polito administration and the Department of Environmental Protection for this funding.”
The Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act was passed in 2004 following the devastating Bouchard No. 120 tank barge spill in 2003 that released approximately 98,000 gallons of No. 6 heavy fuel oil into Buzzards Bay, affecting severely natural resources along the south coast and Cape Cod. . The resulting Oil Spill Act included a trust fund, funded by a 5-cent-per-barrel royalty on petroleum products delivered to marine terminals in Massachusetts.
“Oil spills have a significant impact on the natural environment and wildlife, and the Oil Spill Act Trust Fund was created to help protect our coastline and the residents and businesses that depend on this precious natural resource,” said said Governor Charlie Baker. “With these grants, we are helping these communities and organizations prevent a devastating spill, or preparing them to respond quickly when it does, ensuring better protection of our coastline.