Latest Bligh Reef Stories

2009-12-25 13:05:04

A tugboat collided with the same reef that the Exxon Valdez tanker hit 20 years ago, resulting in spilled fuel in Alaska's Prince William Sound and a three-mile-long slick, according to the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday. An unknown amount of diesel was leaked from the Pathfinder tug after it ran aground Wednesday on Bligh Reef. The owners of the boat were pumping the remaining diesel from the original 33,500 gallons in its tanks, reported AFP. The Coast Guard said on its website that flyovers by...

2009-03-25 07:00:00

Reflecting back on the Exxon Valdez oil spill, eyewitness and conservationist Dennis Kelso recalled "a thick pancake of shiny black" covering the still waters of Prince William Sound.  As Alaska's environment conservation chief at the time of the ecological disaster, 20 years ago today, Kelso's experience offers valuable lessons for any future Arctic oil initiatives. After the spill, it fell to Kelso to enforce clean-up standards around the Valdez as it leaked oil into important fishing...

2009-03-23 16:08:00

WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty years ago tomorrow, the single-hulled Exxon Valdez oil tanker collided with the Bligh Reef in Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine and ecologically significant Prince William Sound. The massive spill - caused by human error and lack of oversight - ruined one of America's most treasured natural areas and caused the deaths of millions of animals. Some species are still unrecovered and the environment remains...

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