Belcher Oil's Spill Control Conference To Begin September 30

Government and industry will join forces on October 1 to create an oil spill on the waters of Florida's Cypress Gardens tourist attraction. That's the "bad" news. The good news is that they will clean it right up.

This dramatic exercise in coping with hazardous spills is to be part of the 7 th Annual Spillage Control Conference & Workshops, a nonprofit meeting completely underwritten as a public service by Belcher Oil Company of Miami. The conference will be cosponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard 7 th District, Region IV of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida De- partment of Natural Resources, and the Florida Spillage Control Association.

Of course, no petroleum products will actually be spilled. Rather, combinations of shredded paper and colored vegetable oil will simulate the disaster.

Scheduled for September 30 through October 2 at Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, the conference will bring together hundreds of pollution control specialists from throughout the U.S. and abroad, representatives of industry, government, educational, and environmental organizations.

Participants will learn how to prevent all types of oil, chemical and hazardous material spills. They also will be schooled in the latest techniques in spill control and cleanup.

Belcher Oil, a unit of The Coastal Corporation, Houston, has operations from Maine to Florida on the East Coast, around the Gulf of Mexico to Texas and up the Mississippi River to Memphis.

For additional information on the conference, contact Roger Pvnn, Belcher Oil Company, P.O. Box 52550, Miami, Fla. 33152; (305) 551-5289.

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