Alaska and Hawaii

"U.S. Not Ready for Oil Spill in Arctic Waters"

"The warming climate is melting sea ice, opening U.S. Arctic waters to shipping and oil and gas development, but the National Research Council warned today that U.S. personnel, equipment, transportation, communication, navigation, and safety resources are not adequate for an Arctic oil spill response."

Source: ENS, 04/24/2014

"Coast Guard Blasts Shell for Ignoring Risks Over Arctic Rig in 2012"

"SEATTLE — A Coast Guard investigation into the 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, an offshore drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell in the harsh Arctic, blasted the oil company for legal violations, poor management and taking undue risks, according to the final report released Thursday."

Source: LA Times, 04/04/2014

"25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'"

"On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it."

Source: NPR, 03/24/2014

Sea Otters In Prince William Sound Back to Pre-Exxon Valdez Numbers

"OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the southern coast of Alaska, sea otters in the most affected parts of Prince William Sound have recovered to their pre-spill numbers, a federal report released on Friday showed."

Source: Reuters, 03/04/2014

Feds Raise Fee Barrier to FOIA about Shipbreaking of US Ship Abroad

Maritime historian Jon Ottman has been denied a fee waiver on records he's requested about an aged U.S. Coast Guard cutter that was auctioned to a shipbreaker in Mexico without, he says, being thoroughly checked for toxic and hazardous materials. Photo: America's Queen — Coast Guard Cutter Storis, courtesy US Coast Guard.

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