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Alaska Science Forum: Why we spilled crude just to watch it burn

...Officials executed it at the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. For varying reasons, that burn removed very little of the spilled oil. And even though the Poker Flat experiment was efficient (one expert on scene estimated that more than 90 percent...
Drilling boom increases harmful spills

...Though oil spills get more attention, wastewater spills can be more damaging. Microbes in soil eventually degrade spilled oil. Not so with wastewater - also known as brine, produced water or saltwater. Unless thoroughly cleansed, salt-saturated...
Nation and World
Exxon Valdez spill effects linger

...Pipeline Service Co. in 1989 had 13 oil skimmers, five miles of boom and storage capacity for 220,000 gallons of spilled oil.Now, Alyeska has 108 skimmers, 49 miles of boom and on-water storage capacity of almost 38 million gallons. North...
LeConte is stable, but still in danger

...23,604 gallons of fuel this afternoon. They'll also boom the ship - surround it with buoys that will contain any spilled oil, Wilson said. The salvage effort, which ferry and Coast Guard officials call a "unified command," is conducted...
Alaska editorial: State should file new Exxon claims

...disease that other herring populations manage to withstand - a vulnerability that may be rooted in their exposure to spilled oil. The region's herring spawned on oiled beaches several weeks after the spill. Small amounts of oil - as low as 1...
Spill report highlights risks of Arctic drilling

...extended seasons of darkness, hurricane-strength storms and pervasive fog. The slow pace of natural dispersion means spilled oil would linger longer. Decision-makers are hampered because good scientific information exists for only a few species...
State, feds ponder pursuit of more claims for oil spill

...mussels and other invertebrate species. Though pink salmon have since recovered, she said, unexpectedly high levels of spilled oil remain in the sound, posing a threat to ducks, mussels and sea otters.
State Briefs

...was being wrongly singled out and punished. The company said there was no basis for believing that a vessel that spilled oil in the past would spill in the future. Compiled from staff and wire service reports.
9th Circuit to hear appeal of Exxon suit

...Prince William Sound in March 1989, creating America's largest tanker spill. The estimated 11 million gallons of spilled oil fouled the sound, contaminated an estimated 1,300 miles of shoreline, killed marine creatures and disrupted commercial...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989. A 1994 study by the fisheries service estimated that about 70 percent of the spilled oil had evaporated into the air or biodegraded in the ocean or on shore, and 14 percent had been recovered through cleanup...


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