Share: Comments Print March 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM Exxon Valdez oil spill Posted by Seattle Times staff Keep funding for prevention, response McClatchy Newspapers A worker uses a high pressure hose to blast the oiled rocks on a Smith Island beach in Prince William Sound, on May 3, 1989, after the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez. </div Editor, The Times: The “Exxon Valdez: lessons learned” [Times, editorial, March 24] is that complacency and lack of oversight by industry and government was found to be the underlying problem. As a result, an independent citizens advisory group was formed to hold the government’s and industry’s feet to the fire. Closer to home, a sizable oil spill four years ago in Puget Sound prompted the creation of a similar group — the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council (OSAC), to maintain Washington’s vigilance in oil-spill prevention, preparedness and response. While we rejoice over legislation to provide a permanent year-round rescue tug, we still have more work ahead to protect our marine waters from oil spills. Recently, OSAC released a comprehensive study documenting our deficiencies in being prepared to respond to a major oil spill. It found that we couldn’t even handle a spill one-fifth the size of the Exxon Valdez, even in perfect conditions with no glitches. OSAC is now on the chopping block. Without OSAC, there will be no long-term partnership and consensus between fishermen, conservation groups, local governments and others on these issues, and the public and our beloved Puget Sound will at a distinct disadvantage. It is imperative that legislators in Olympia retain OSAC’s funding and authority in the state’s operating budget. — Rein Attemann, Seattle Comments | More in Environment COMMENTS Click here to read the past comments No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ. Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.