April 7, 2005

MSRC and Clean Sound merge

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Clean Sound Cooperative Inc. say that they companies have merged effective April 1, 2005. The merger combines the personnel and resources of Clean Sound in the Puget Sound area with MSRC's Pacific Northwest resources. It also provides access to MSRC's considerable national resources in the event of a large incident.

According to MSRC President Steve Benz, "This merger brings the reputation and local commitment of Clean Sound to the protection of the marine environment in Washington State and combines it with the national strength and capability of MSRC. We believe this merger will enhance the spill response infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest and result in better protection of the waters of Washington State."

MSRC, founded in 1990, is the largest, dedicated oil spill response organization in the United States. It is a national not-for-profit response company that is funded by the Marine Preservation Association (MPA), a member-supported, not-for-profit organization created in 1990 to assist the petroleum and energy-related industries by addressing problems caused by oil spills on water. MPA members may enter into a contract with MSRC that provides direct, immediate access to MSRC resources.

Clean Sound Cooperative, Inc. was established in 1971 by the oil industry for the purpose of responding effectively to marine oil spills in Washington State. The former members of Clean Sound are also members of MPA.

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