EDITOR'S NOTE - The telephone number of the Saudi Meteorological and Environmental Protection Agency 011-966-3897-2415; that of the Foreign Commercial Services office of the U.S. Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 011-966-3891-3200. Aramco Services Co. asks that its calls be limited to potential contractors, 713-432-5646.

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Coast Guard said Wednesday it had been inundated with calls from companies and individuals who want to help clean up the oil slick fouling the Persian Gulf.

The Coast Guard is in charge of cleaning up oil spills in U.S. waters, and and along with the Environmental Protection Agency has sent experts to Saudi Arabia at the direction of President Bush.

Between 100 and 200 calls came on Wednesday alone before late afternoon, said a spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Tom Heflick.

Heflick said he and his colleagues could only refer the calls to the Saudi environmental authorities, to the U.S. Consulate in Dhahran or to Aramco Services Co. in Houston, a subsidiary of the Saudi-owned oil production company, Aramco.

Aramco Services said it would be dealing with cleanup contractors, and individual volunteers and job-seekers should not call its Houston offices. They should get in touch with the contractors, Aramco said.

Heflick said calls to the Coast Guard came basically from three groups - potential contractors, people trying to volunteer to help save wildlife in the Gulf and people trying to land a job.

''A couple have referred to the Exxon Valdez spill and said they worked there and made money ... they're interested in getting work again,'' Heflick said.