Contractor to begin construction of environmental protection barrier around grounded Golden Ray

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Contractors are scheduled to start construction Thursday on an environmental protection barrier around the grounded Golden Ray.

According to the St. Simon Sound response team, the pile driving operation is the first phase in the construction of the barrier.

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Marine workers will begin the process of driving approximately 80 piles into the seafloor over an estimated one-month period. According to the response team, the pile-driving operations will be limited to daylight hours. The public should expect construction noise.

The barrier will include a large floating containment barrier to help contain surface pollutants, as well as a large netting to contain underwater debris.