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MOBIL TRAINS OIL-SPILL RESPONSE TEAMS WITH INPUT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH GROUPS

 MOBIL TRAINS OIL-SPILL RESPONSE TEAMS
 WITH INPUT FROM ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH GROUPS
 FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation (NYSE: MOB) trains its oil-spill response teams with advice and hands-on participation from a number of wildlife-rehabilitation and environmental research groups, according to the company's top emergency preparedness expert.
 Mobil also maintains a long-standing program of grants to foster the research of such groups and support their work in responding to oil spills, regardless of source or nature, where their expertise may be needed.
 "To the extent we can, Mobil wants to advance research into the effects of oil on the environment," said Stu Horn, manager of spills- and-crisis preparedness for Mobil's environmental health and safety department in Princeton, N.J. "Managers confronted with an oil spill have to make quick decisions, and we want these to be the right ones. The more we understand what's out there in the spill area, how it will be affected, and how we can restore it afterwards, the better we can protect the environment affected by a spill."
 Horn said the groups have been helping Mobil make its training exercises thorough and realistic because the expertise of the environmental-research groups enables them to foresee what may happen to nature in a spill. They're also getting to know Mobil emergency- preparedness teams they'll be working with should a real disaster occur.
 Horn said one group aided by Mobil, the Greater Caribbean Energy and Environment Foundation, had been asked by the United Nations last year to investigate effects of the huge oil spill into the Persian Gulf resulting from the war there. This foundation, headquartered in Miami, has special expertise regarding the restoration of warm-water sea grasses and corals.
 Another, the Marine Research Laboratory, of Bowdoin College in Maine, has been studying the effect of a major 1978 oil spill on salt marshes along the Brittany coast in France. The group has participated in Mobil training. A third, the International Bird Rescue Research Center, of Berkeley, California, rehabilitates aquatic wildfowl injured by environmental disturbances. Its members have worked alongside Mobil teams on both real and simulated spills.
 Mobil aids a similar group in the eastern U.S., the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in Upton, Massachusetts, that has special expertise in the transplanting, called "recolonization," of wildfowl. Two others receiving grants, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, of Newark, Delaware, and Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary, of Bowie, Md., have a particular focus on the wildfowl of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay regions of the east coast.
 Horn said these and other environmental research groups Mobil aids "help assure us that Mobil teams make intelligent and environmentally sensitive decisions when they have to cope with crisis."
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