The petroleum industry in the United States produces transports, refines, and markets billions of barrels of crude oil and petroleum products annually. That it had done so without a real serious incident up until the much publicized Torrey Canyon disaster and subsequent oil spills is I believe a credit to the industry. An Oil Spill Sub-Committee of the Engineering and Technical Research Committee of the Committee for Air and Water Conservation of the American Petroleum Institute was formed to focus the industry's concern and attention specifically to this problem. problem. The logical first undertaking of the newly constituted sub-committee is the subject of this presentation. That is a systems study to define the problem and to evaluate presently available control equipment, devices and techniques to deal with the problem. The contract let in connection with this initial study for the sub-committee was with the Dillingham Environmental Company, La Jolla, California.

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