Is California Ready For Big Spill?

Environmentalists and officials disagree over whether California is prepared for a major offshore oil spill.

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September 8, 2000, 11:00 AM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

A recent report by two environmental groups warns that California is not prepared to prevent or cleanup a major offshore oil spill. State and local officials disagree and say that proper contingency plans are in place."[A] poster displayed an outline of the Valdez spill next to a map of the California coast to show a mass of oil that would stretch from San Diego past San Francisco, nearly to Eureka.The report cited U.S. Minerals Management Service oil spill risk data in saying that in 1992, there was 'a 94 percent likelihood of an ExxonValdez-type oil spill in Southern California waters sometime in the next30 years.'"

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Friday, September 8, 2000 in Contra Costa Times-Walnut Creek

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