June 3, 2010 |
The small boat approached four pelicans perched on a rusty platform emerging from the flat green waters of the Gulf of Mexico on this steaming hot and windless day. They peered down their long beaks at the vessel. Then, as if teasing the humans spying on them through binoculars, two of the birds spread their wings and soared away just as the boat drew near. But two remained behind, and they were the ones wildlife biologist Haven Barnhill eyed with concern. Earlier that morning, with the nation's worst-ever oil spill gushing uncontained for the sixth week, Barnhill had found a dead pelican in these waters, its feathers slick with oil, its life lost to a slow creep of poison.
October 28, 2003 |
I SCRAMBLED OFF MY bunk toward the cabin door through smoke so dense that I fell into a hole where the stairs usually were. Elbow-crawling onto the deck, I realized one of my crewmates had folded back the steps to scope out the fire. Fire was raging in the engine room, and the one-ton net used to haul up fish was stacked in the hold, blocking the door. It was clear that only a person my size could squeeze into the crevice, reach through the sizzling metal pipes and hope to drown the flames.
April 4, 2002 |
The Exxon Valdez should be allowed to return to Alaska's Prince William Sound, where it spilled 11 million gallons of oil in 1989, the tanker's owner told an appeals court Wednesday. The Exxon Valdez, which now sails between the Middle East and Asia, has been barred from the sound since 1990, when Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act. The act prohibits any tanker that has spilled more than 1 million gallons since March 22, 1989, from entering Prince William Sound. Lawyer E.
June 8, 2000 |
A tunnel linking the Prince William Sound port of Whittier to the Alaska road system opened Wednesday amid protests, high wind and pelting rain. Until now, the town has been accessible only by rail or water. About 1.4 million visitors a year are projected to pour into the quiet community en route to the sound and its glaciers, dense forests, soaring peaks and abundant wildlife.
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.
January 31, 1995 |
Exxon Valdez $5-Billion Verdict Affirmed by Judge: The federal judge overseeing the Exxon Valdez case affirmed the punitive-damages award against Exxon Corp. for causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The decision, which was expected, was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland in Anchorage, Alaska. Exxon immediately said it will appeal what it called an "unjust verdict."