For Immediate Release

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Peter Bjork: 202.408.5565

CREW Files FOIA Request with US Coast Guard to Determine Extent to Which Government was Prepared for Massive Oil Spill

WASHINGTON - Today CREW sent a FOIA request to the U.S. Coast Guard seeking
documents concerning training exercises and other studies and
assessments the Coast Guard has conducted or participated in to prepare
for an oil spill of national significance. CREW is also seeking
documents pertaining to Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Teams and their
efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Because the requested
records will shed light on the extent to which the Coast Guard and the
federal government were prepared for a catastrophe like the BP oil spill
and how their preparation could be improved for the future, CREW is
requesting expedition of its request.

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