Escort System Preserved in Coast Guard Act

Under a federal law passed soon after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, escort tugs are required for loaded single-hull tankers in Prince William Sound. The same law bans single-hulled tankers after 2015. The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is applauding the efforts of Congressmen Don Young of Alaska and James Oberstar of Minnesota for their work in securing passage of U.S. House legislation to preserve the tug escort system. Oberstar is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which added the Prince William Sound provision to the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 at Young’s request. KCHU's Erik Wander has more:

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