Students learn about oil spill response

BEULAH, N.D. - Beulah High School students got the chance to learn about oil spill responses Wednesday.

​Hess, Dakota Gasification Company, the EPA, and the state Department of Health and other companies visited to see what the students had to offer.

It was a mock oil spill where students took on real life positions to solve the problem as an emergency response team.

"I communicate with the operations sections chief and a lot of the other sections, so we came up with the objectives and the strategies and then we make the current status of what's going on and we're in the process of doing it," said Kiana Olson, student.

Steve Braden of Hess says the number-one priority was showing the students that lives and safety come first.

"We go clean the environment and stop the spill from affecting other areas and it's getting the kids to understand teamwork and how to make this group all work together for an effective emergency response," said Braden.

Braden says he was impressed by students ingenuity.

"They've come up with some scenarios, some ideas that I've been in this business for 25 years and I haven't heard and they came up with it in 10 minutes," he added.

Olson says the first thing her team did was send a PSA, then found out where the oil was.

"We set up a containment zone to clean up the oil. So we set up boomers and oil skimmers, and then we took down the containment zone," said Olson.

Olson says this gives her insight and appreciation since she didn't understand the planning that goes behind it.

​​Hess gave away 54 free toy trucks to winning members of the group. First place was The Coal Country Oilers, second place was tied between team Aquatics and ROFOR, and third place was Olson's team, Heller's Heroes.