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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.
A "Report to the Nation" symposium by the state-federal Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council begins this morning at the Egan Convention Center. The daylong events feature panels and speeches geared for the public, including a special noon keynote address on the state of the world's oceans by University of Oregon marine scientist Jane Lubchenco. A two-hour public reception at the Egan Center follows the end of the day's sessions at 5 p.m. Admission to the Tuesday sessions is free.
From Wednesday through Friday, the Trustee Council will host technical sessions into research conducted over the past 10 years, and on future spill prevention and response. A $100 registration fee is required to attend the technical sessions.
Information on the Trustee Council symposium is available at its web site, www.oilspill.state.ak.us, or by phone at 278-8012.
At 7 p.m. today, a two-hour candlelight vigil is scheduled at Town Square across from the Egan Center with music, poetry, dancing and discussion. Information is available at Alaska Public Campaigns, 278-2542.
The Chugach Regional Resources Commission is sponsoring a memorial gathering Wednesday at the Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th St., at 1 p.m. The event will feature panel discussions with speakers from villages around the oil spill region. Rounding out the event will be traditional Alutiq dancing and a potluck at 6 p.m. Information is available at 562-6647.
A protest by people who have won a $5 billion judgment from Exxon but have not been paid while the oil giant appeals the jury verdict is planned Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demonstration takes place in front of Exxon's Alaska headquarters at the Calais Building, 3301 C Street. Information is available at the Alaska Public Interest Research Group, 278-3661.
And a mass bike ride and pedestrian event to "take back the streets" from petroleum-based transport and to promote alternative energy will start 5 p.m. Wednesday at Town Square. Information is available at Alaska Public Campaigns, 278-2542.