October 7, 2001 |
Crews installed a clamp over a bullet hole in the trans-Alaska pipeline, finally stopping a leak that over three days spewed 285,600 gallons of oil onto the wilderness 75 miles north of Fairbanks. A man who had been drinking shot the pipeline with a hunting rifle in what the governor called "a harebrained act of violence." The pipeline, which carries about 17% of the nation's oil production, had to be shut down.
August 8, 2001 |
Workers have cleaned up nearly a third of the diesel spilled by a sunken fishing vessel into Prince William Sound, the largest spill there since the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, officials said Tuesday. Fuel began leaking Saturday when a fishing boat hit a rocky ledge 400 yards offshore and sank in about 1,000 feet of water. About 35,000 gallons of diesel--the entire contents of the boat's fuel tanks--have spilled.
February 12, 2000 |
A fishing boat loaded with 12,000 gallons of diesel fuel burst into flames off Cold Bay, Alaska, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to monitor the waters for spillage. Five crew members were hoisted off the 140-foot American Star, which burned throughout the day. The cause was unknown.
June 22, 1999 |
Nine years after his conviction for illegally spilling oil in pristine Alaska waters, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood started his punishment Monday on the litter patrol. Hazelwood, former skipper of the tanker Exxon Valdez, spent the day loading a truck with abandoned auto parts and assorted junk thrown along the roadsides of Anchorage. He worked with one other man and a supervisor.
March 20, 1999 |
A year after the Exxon Valdez ground onto a reef in the middle of a frigid March night in 1989, unleashing the worst environmental disaster in U.S history, a striking thing happened. Amid oil-blinded sea otters and beached whales and the limp black carcasses of 250,000 shorebirds came the slow, sure swim of the pink salmon. The 1990 run was 44.5 million fish, the highest on record, almost four times higher than the year before 11 million gallons of oil spilled into Prince William Sound.
October 5, 1998 |
Oil from the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez supertanker in Prince William Sound will kill or stunt Alaskan pink salmon for generations to come, government scientists say. "Those buried oil pockets are sort of like land mines," said Jeffrey Short, a scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service. The service's researchers presented their findings at a conference in Anchorage. Despite a massive cleanup of the 10.