U.S. INDUSTRY EXPANDS SPILL RESPONSE PLAN

Expanded plans are in place by U.S. oil companies to form a standby oil spill cleanup group, the Petroleum Industry Response Organization (PIRO). Plans began taking shape in earnest last summer in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound (OGJ, June 26, 1989, p. 18). John Costello, president of PIRO Implementation Inc., said the 20 companies that originally proposed PIRO and 20 more large firms are being asked to join by Mar. 1. He said, "The PIRO

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