With the 20th
anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill just days away, there is the
possibility that the giant super tankers that ply the waters of Prince William
Sound will be able to do so unescorted by powerful tugboats to keep them out of
that requires two escort tugs for each tanker will expire once each boat in the
tanker fleet has double hulls, which the Exxon Valdez did not. There is a
movement among communities and groups in Alaska - especially those areas oiled
by the 11-million-gallon spill, like Kodiak - to keep the tug escort
Island Borough Assembly last night passed a resolution to that effect.
there are a number of Exxon Valdez commemorative events in Kodiak, starting
this evening at Kodiak Island College. At 5 p.m., a collection of photographs
from Kodiak Island residents of the spill's devastation on the island will be
on display, with a reception catered by Mill Bay Coffee. That will be followed
by two presentations about the human and environmental effects of the spill,
and a short film.
At 11 a.m.
on Saturday at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Sharon
Bushell and Stan Jones will be signing their new book, "The Spill: Personal
Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster." At 7 p.m., Tim Richardson will give a
talk on habitat restoration in the Kodiak Archipelago. The photography exhibit
will be open all afternoon back at the college.
Jerome Selby pointed out that Prince William Sound is notorious for its
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just because Prince ... out of Prince William Sound.")
Sue Jeffrey said the memories of the spill are still fresh in her mind:
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as many of us ... so I strongly support it.")
having the two-tug escorts have averted other disasters over the years:
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been actually ... other rocks or whatnot.")
resolution, which passed unanimously, will be sent to President Obama, our
congressional and legislative delegations, and a dozen others in government and