Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Washington State Oil Spill Response

As reported in today's Seattle Times, under the headline, Puget Sound: One oil spill away from disaster?

The Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council released a 300-plus page study, "Assessment of Capacity in Washington State to Respond to Large-scale Marine Oil Spills." The purpose of the study is

"to provide the citizens of Washington State with an assessment of the current marine oil spill response capacity available in Washington State. Specifically, the study sought to measure hether the oil spill response resources (equipment and personnel) available for a spill in ashington would be sufficient to effectively contain, clean up, and mitigate environmental impacts from an oil spill. The study uses several oil spill scenarios in order to assess response capacity for a range of spill volumes."

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