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March 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Exxon Valdez oil spill

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.

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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

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