The federal government is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the appropriate companies are capable of responding to any oil spills in Cuban waters, said Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. This comes as Spain's Repsol is preparing to drill off the Cuban coast later in 2011. The measures include awarding licenses that would allow U.S. firms to send "booms, skimmers, dispersants, pumps and other equipment and supplies necessary to minimize environmental damage in the event of a spill," Bromwich said.

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