Attorneys general ask Exxon to pay up for spill
JUNEAU - The Knowles administration and attorneys general from three dozen states and territories Thursday urged Exxon Corp. to pay a $5 billion court-ordered judgment for damages caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Spill funds aren't end of trouble
Over the past five years, five Native communities have seen instant wealth trickle down from the money Exxon paid to atone for its 1989 oil spill. The windfall has fueled a spending spree on items like new television satellite dishes, computers, cars and skiffs, according to an anthropologist tracking the money.
Demonstrators nationwide take Exxon to task
The 10th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill was marked across the nation Wednesday by protests, some noisy and some understated, but all trying to highlight what they see as Exxon's sins.
In the San Francisco area, three Greenpeace members were arrested Wednesday morning for trespassing on a ship on Chevron Corp. property.
Looking on bright side
WASHINGTON - Congress was told Wednesday that the 1990 Oil Pollution Act, written in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, is working internationally to make tankers safer.
Coast Guard Commandant James Loy said the number of major spills has dropped by two-thirds since the law was passed.
Safety in numbers
VALDEZ - Let the scientists and poets debate whether the oil spill forever changed Prince William Sound. In matters of tanker safety, everyone would have to agree that the changes since 1989 have been immense.
Oil spill cleanup questions still prove vexing
VALDEZ - Last September, when a British Petroleum tanker spilled 13 million gallons of crude oil in the mouth of Prince William Sound, chemicals were quickly dumped from a plane to disperse some of the oil into the sea.
Citizen watchdogs, oil giants make no peace
Not even basic decisions escape scrutiny around the oil terminal in Valdez anymore.
Like a lot of companies in the suffering oil business, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is laying off employees, among them five emergency oil spill workers in Valdez.
As the Exxon Valdez sailed out of port on the evening of March 23, 1989, Riki Ott was talking over a speaker phone to a group of Valdez residents. At about 11 p.m., the biologist and environmental activist addressed the question of what would happen if there was a major spill.
Exxon critics push for state to resist merger with Mobil
Oil spill activists Tuesday stepped up their calls for the Knowles administration to take a stand against the Exxon-Mobil merger.
A coalition calling itself "the truth squad" wants federal regulators to halt the merger until Exxon pays $5.2 billion in damages a jury awarded to Alaskans hurt by the spill.
Events mark oil-spill date
A symposium and other events in Anchorage are marking the 10th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, and spilled 11 million gallons of oil.
The helmsman: Robert Kagen
The hand on the wheel of the Exxon Valdez as it approached Bligh Reef belonged to Robert Kagan, a 15-year veteran of the Exxon fleet who began his maritime career as a mess hand, cleaning rooms and serving dinner.
Oil critics demand safer tankers
VALDEZ - Oil industry representatives and government regulators gathered here Sunday to mark the progress made in preventing oil spills in the decade since the Exxon Valdez ran aground.
But a group of industry critics said those efforts have focused too much on cleaning up spills and not enough on preventing them.
Researchers track crude's wandering trail
Tracking the fate of the oil from the Exxon Valdez begins at the moment of grounding - 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within five hours of striking Bligh Reef, most of 11 million gallons had gushed out and surfaced. The slick spread relentlessly - "amoeba-like," according to one report - to cover about 120 square miles of open water near the tanker. For most of three days, the winds were calm. A significant fraction of the oil's volume would evaporate and be gone by the end of this period.
Sound battles back, but threats linger
A decade after the tanker Exxon Valdez ripped open on Bligh Reef and dumped at least 11 million gallons of North Slope crude, most of the oil has disappeared - dissolved and diluted by the relentless weather, collected and hauled or washed from blackened shores by workers.
Statewide meetings take 10th anniversary look at spill
The 10th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is being marked with symposiums this week in Valdez and Anchorage.
The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, a federally chartered watchdog agency, is holding a two-day session today and Monday at the Valdez Civic Center. Featured speakers today include U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who will speak on videotape, Agriculture Undersecretary Jim Lyons, and state Senate President Drue Pearce.
Where are they now?
Nearly 10 years after the spill and wearing a different name on her bow, the arrival of the former Exxon Valdez in a Scottish port last month was enough to provoke angry protests among British environmentalists.
Where are they now?
Exxon Shipping Co. president Frank Iarossi was a familiar face in the early days of the spill. He represented the company before hostile crowds at daily public briefings in Valdez.
It was Iarossi who disclosed the day after the spill that investigators had ruled out mechanical failure as a cause and were focusing on the actions of Capt. Joe Hazelwood, Third Mate Gregory Cousins and helmsman Robert Kagan.
Where are they now?
Joseph Hazelwood's career as a tanker captain ended when the Exxon Valdez fetched up hard aground on Bligh Reef.
Following his trial and misdemeanor conviction for negligent discharge of oil, Hazelwood briefly worked as an instructor at his alma mater, the Maritime College of the State University of New York in the Bronx, as a lobster fisherman in Long Island Sound, and as a boat transporter. But for the most part, he has earned a living as a maritime consultant and claims adjustor in the employ of the Manhattan law firm, Chalos and Brown, that has represented him in criminal and civil litigation since the spill. He continues to work there today.
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