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Valarie,Thanks for trying to

Valarie, Thanks for trying to address a serious issue. There is a common lack of understanding that the USCG cleans up oil spills. They don't. Private businesses do. For a "mystery spill" the USCG hires them. In some cases, non-profit co-ops stretch and do a bit of commercial cleanup work, but for a major Arctic disaster, a bona fide "traditional" (see IOSC Selendang Ayu case study by John Gallagher) spill cleanup contractor is needed. That's why AK Response Company, LLC was founded. The USCG has struggled with setting up true Arctic response capability where a "non-profit" OSRO wants to be the only one in the sand box. But that has nothing to do with USCG "presence". Rather it involves influence pedaling and meddling by an established OSRO provider incapable of doing the job, just like during the Selendang Ayu. I suggest reading your own citation on the Jones Act spill response "issue". You are raising a non-issue in terms of response. (I live in AK and hate what the Jones Act costs me, but that's not related to spills). US Law prohibits oil in water, so spilled oil exercises can't happen here until that is changed. Funding for exercises could help address some of the other issues you raise. Oil spill exercises are expensive, and as I said before, actual hands on cleanups are not done by the USCG, though they have oversight. I agree that Washington is not fully prepared. But those who actually cleanup spills are trying to be, despite the efforts of some entrenched interests. Good start on learning about these issues! Keep up the good work.
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