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Tag: Commencement Bay


WHAT IS THAT: Is there an oil spill on Commencement Bay?

That was the question from a reader who called The News Tribune this morning after seeing a lot of maritime activity on Commencement Bay.

The answer is no.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the marine spills response unit is conducting a drill on the water.

The exercise involves the Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Ecology.


The state Department of Ecology sent out a press release about this exercise yesterday. Here it is:

A practice oil-spill response will test the readiness and skills needed for the real thing in Commencement Bay on Tuesday, Sept.

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Why were helicopters over Commencement Bay today?

A reader sent us an anonymous tip this afternoon after spotting seven  helicopters over Commencement Bay.

Our news partner, KIRO TV, reports that an orca pod was spotted near Maury Island. The pod had been spotted earlier today near Alki.

See KIRO’s video of the pod near Alki here.

SkyKING got video of the orca pod around Maury Island.