APNewsBreak: US oil spill plan prepares for Cuba

JENNIFER KAY Associated Press Published:

MIAMI (AP) -- The Associated Press has obtained a new federal plan for dealing with future oil spills in foreign waters of the Caribbean, including Cuba.

The International Offshore Response Plan was created to contain offshore spills as close to their source as possible, even in foreign waters. The plan has not been released publicly. The AP obtained a copy through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Plans to prepare for any spill that begins in Cuban waters is complicated by decades of tension between the two countries.

Coast Guard officials say the U.S. and Cuba are participating in multilateral talks about communicating with each other in an oil spill disaster. The Coast Guard also is training crews to watch for problems on an exploratory rig now drilling off Cuba's northern coast.