PROGRAM AIMS TO 'FINGERPRINT' OIL

Government agencies and the petroleum industry have teamed up in a California program designed to pinpoint the origin of spilled oil. Involved are the California Department of Fish & Game's Office of Oil Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR) and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). They are participating in a joint project to compile a database of "fingerprints" for oils that occur from seeps and oils produced in or shipped to California.

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