Clean Gulf Associates was established in 1972 by the petroleum operators in the Gulf of Mexico to provide the capability for fast, effective cleanup of oil spills in both coastal and offshore waters. Initially, about $1.5 million was expended for equipment stockpiles at three bases along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Approximately $1 million is being spent to improve and expand these inventories and set up a fourth base. Additionally, two bases have been established in Florida, and plans are underway for bases along the Texas Coast. The organization and capabilities of Clean Gulf Associates are briefly reviewed. New Cost Participation Areas, planned new equipment additions, and improvements to existing items are discussed.

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