Latest Prince William Sound Stories

2011-04-25 16:44:41

It took 26 years for marine invertebrates living on the Port Valdez seafloor to stabilize after Alaska's Great Earthquake of 1964, according to a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "The earthquake, which measured 9.2 on the Richter scale, and the tsunami waves that followed, impacted every marine community in Prince William Sound," said Arny Blanchard,, a research assistant professor at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Four decades of monitoring, including samples...

2011-04-19 15:05:08

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused social disruption and psychological stress among Gulf residents that is similar to the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill and the impacts are likely to persist for years, a new study finds. "Just ask the residents of Cordova today whether they are over the Exxon Valdez," said study co-author Liesel Ritchie, assistant director for research of the University of Colorado Boulder's Natural Hazards Center. The Alaska community was considered "ground zero"...

2010-01-17 13:35:00

The combination of low concentrations of oxygen and nutrients in the lower layers of the beaches of Alaska's Prince William Sound is slowing the aerobic biodegradation of oil remaining from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, according to researchers at Temple University. Considered one of the worst environmental disasters in history, the Exxon Valdez spilled more than 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, contaminating some 1,300 miles of shoreline, killing thousands...

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...

2009-08-31 11:10:00

Researchers disprove theory that natural coal deposits are the source of environmental pollutionAnchorage/Leipzig. Contaminants from natural coal deposits in the Gulf of Alaska are not easily bioavailable, unlike the crude oil from the Exxon Valdez tanker catastrophe. This clearly disproves the theory that natural coal deposits were the cause of observed environmental damage. PAH pollutants were blamed for the continuing degradation of the ecosystem off the coast of Alaska. Then a dispute...

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...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Aric Caplan for The Whole Truth, +1-301-998-6592, or aric@caplancommunications.com CORDOVA, Alaska, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A native fisherman from Alaska, Ms. Osa Schultz, will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the devastating impact the Exxon Valdez oil spill continues to have on her family, her business and her community. The hearing, "Courting Big Business: The Supreme Court's Recent Decisions on Corporate Misconduct and Laws...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By Kristopher Hanson, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. Jul. 1--In a ruling blasted by environmentalists, fishermen and wildlife advocates, the nation's highest court shaved 80 percent off a $2.5 billion verdict against ExxonMobil for spilling 11 million gallons of oil in a pristine Alaskan bay in 1989. The $507 million verdict, reached on a 5-3 Supreme Court decision June 26, represents about four days' worth of profits for the oil giant, which generated $40 billion in profits last...

2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 26--Gary Soderstrom had just got off the Columbia River after a long night of fishing Wednesday morning when he heard that the Supreme Court had slashed the money coming to him. Soderstrom, who lives in Clatskanie, was among the thousands of fishermen who once were to share $5 billion in damages Exxon Mobil was told to pay for devastation caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. But Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme...

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