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Oil Spill Cleanup Utilizes BeyondGeo

August 6, 2001
Maine Department of Environmental Protection published a map that will allow access to spill damage caused by an oil tanker.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published an interactive, database-driven map on the Internet, which will allow public access to spill damage caused by oil tanker Julie N. This map was created using BeyondGeo solutions, a product developed by Blue Marble Geographics of Gardiner, Maine. Blue Marble provides geographic software products for makers and users of geographic data.

Oil tanker Julie N. was inbound with 8.8 million gallons of fuel oil on board when it struck the south side of the Million Dollar Bridge spanning Portland Harbor between Portland and South Portland, Maine. Approximately 179,634 gallons of oil were spilled. The Maine DEP established a website using BeyondGeo to inform the public of the cleanup process, assessment of the damage and development of restoration plans for environmental damage that occurred. The BeyondGeo solution enabled the Maine DEP to create an interactive map based upon their database of field observations, existing maps, aerial photos and detailed reports.

The map of the cleanup is located at http://janus.state.me.us/dep/rwm/JulieN/story3.htm.

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