Oil spill preparedness:Is the focus shifting?

While environmental protection through prevention is widely accepted as necessary and beneficial, disagreement persists over response preparedness against the continuing risk of marine oil spills. Areas of discord between oil spill response organizations (OSROs) and oil companies include capacity and readiness factors. Competent OSROs can provide quick, effective spill responses to minimize damage to the environment.Large oil companies generally feel comfortable with overall response capability. During recent interviews, in which anonymity was guaranteed, representatives of several US oil companies insisted that they remain 100% engaged in environmental protection, regardless of reduction...

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