EPA Administrator William Reilly said [Bush] directed him to coordinate planning for long-term recovery in the sound, where more than 10 million gallons of crude oil spilled when the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef.
"You might compare it to the Coast Guard telling Exxon, `Take that hill,' and letting Exxon decide how to deploy their forces," he said.
Bush, who joined [Samuel K. Skinner], Reilly and [Paul A. Yost Jr.] only two weeks ago in terming Exxon's clean-up efforts adequate, drew a distinction between efforts to stop oil flow from the tanker and efforts to clean up damage and prevent further leakage.
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