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EFFECTS OF PUERTO RICO OILSPILL LIMITED

 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Early this morning a barge carrying fuel ran aground off the coast of San Juan, spilling oil on a short stretch of the beach. It has affected only four hotels in the immediate area of the spill.
 Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Luis Fortuno, commented while inspecting the beaches, "I am standing on a beach just a few blocks away from where the spill occurred. As you can see, the spill has not affected most of the beaches in the metropolitan area and is contained to only a mile and a half of the island's 258 miles of beautiful beaches."
 The Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the four hotels which have been affected have implemented a shuttle service for those tourists staying at the affected hotels. This service is taking them to several of the island's nearby beaches so that they can continue their vacations without interruption.
 Mr. Fortuno said, "The U.S. Coast Guard has done an excellent job in containing the spill and we don't expect it will affect us further."
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 /CONTACT: Steve Bolerjack, 212-697-5600, or 212-210-8349, or George Glazer, 212-697-5600, 212-517-9740, or 212-453-1913, both of Hill and Knowlton, Inc./


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