According to a report at Wisconsin Public Radio printed in the Duluth News Tribune this morning (Friday, August 17, 2012), the Defense Department/Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa barrel retrieval from Lake Superior project is completed. I took these pictures on Tuesday, August 14th as the tug Champion/barge Kokosing came under the Aerial Lift Bridge, presumably with 70 barrels on board that they retrieved and will now test. While they … [Read more...] about Barrels Back?
Right along with the Mars walking, picture-taking Curiosity, the Lake Superior barrel retrieval project has its own remote camera, although it operates on the bottom of Lake Superior, a hard place to do business but nothing like going to Mars to do it. The picture at the left is an enlargement of the previously published picture of the barge. The ROV, as it is called, sits within the silver colored rigging seen here on the barge … [Read more...] about ROV – Remote Operated Vehicle
Between 1958 and 1962, some 1,500 or so 55-gallon barrels were dumped into Lake Superior by the Department of Defense in three locations roughly 4 miles east of Duluth. For years, there has been much controversy and speculation regarding the safety of the barrels and their contents. The Department of Defense believes they are filled with concrete and scrap munitions. Others, including environmentalists and specifically, the Red Cliff Band of Lake … [Read more...] about Barrels coming up from Lake Superior