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December 1, 2007

SF Chronicle editorial: Who investigates?

From the San Francisco Chronicle’s Editorial:

…A 2005 audit of the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) suggested that under staffing in its field offices could affect its ability to respond to a major marine oil spill. It would be inappropriate to put the OSPR in the position of evaluating its own level of preparedness before the Cosco Busan spill – or whether the governor and state legislators gave it the resources it needed to do the job.

A much better approach would be along the lines of the state of Alaska’s 7-member commission of world-class experts that examined the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Its recommendations led to landmark legislation on oil-tanker safety.

“With a potential $100 million liability from this spill, it’s just not realistic to expect any agency to step up to the plate and say, ‘yeah, we screwed up here, here and here,’ ” said Warner Chabot of the Ocean Conservancy…

Read the entire November 29, 2007 editorial

December 1, 2007

Senate panel criticizes OSPR oil spill response

The state agency responsible for managing the Cosco Busan oil spill was chided by a state Senate panel hearing Friday for failing to quickly and adequately respond to the bunker oil spill in San Francisco Bay.

The panel sharply criticized the state Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) for its slow response and for failing to fill job vacancies in its spill-readiness unit despite a $17.7 million surplus.

After more than four hours of testimony, lawmakers said they were frustrated by a lack of answers, especially from the spill-response agency’s chief, Lisa Curtis.

Read the full story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Oil spill aftermath getting messier: San Jose Mercury News