MSRC Hosts Reception In N e w York City

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)/Northeast Region recently held a reception at the Whitehall Club's Hudson River Suite in New York City. Invitations were extended to the U.S. Coast Guard, local oil company representatives, pollution response companies, environmental groups as well as federal, state and local officials from New York and New Jersey.

J. Stephen Dorrler, general manager of MSRC's Northeast region, said: "This reception in New York enabled MSRC personnel to meet and become acquainted with local representatives from oil companies, maritime agencies, legislators from all government levels, the U.S. Coast Guard, equipment companies, pollution response organizations and environmental concerns, and for people to meet and become acquainted with MSRC staff and its objectives. This reception set the groundwork for when MSRC is fully operational and for when we will all be working together to combat oil spills in local waters." MSRC/NE is temporarily based in Edison, N.J. A site in the New York/New Jersey harbor will become the permanent location of MSRC's Regional Response Center (RRC) which will include warehouse and office space as well as dock space for a large oil pollution response vessel. MSRC's Northeast Region also intends to have equipment at sites in Portland, Maine; Boston, Mass.; Narragansett Bay, R.I.; Delaware Bay; upper Chesapeake Bay; and Norfolk, Va. MSRC/NE's coverage area extends from Maine to the Ocracoke Inlet of North Carolina.

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