Oil spill

This view of Seldovia Bay, looking from Point Naskowhak toward Seldovia in the background, is part of Alaska ShoreZone, a catalog of high-resolution still and video images that provide bird’s-eye views of Alaska beaches. The photo was taken from a helicopter during June 2009, at low tide.-Image courtesy of Alaska ShoreZone.

New technology helps prepare for spills, explore coastal areas

On the last day of 2012, the oil-drilling rig Kulluk ran aground on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak. The weather was foul, the location remote, and… Continue reading

 

Cook Inlet navigation: Is it really safe as can be?

Cook Inlet navigation: Is it really safe as can be?

Most people don’t think about the safety of marine navigation in Cook Inlet. They didn’t before the Exxon Valdez, and they still don’t, because it’s… Continue reading

 

Are we better prepared for big Cook Inlet spill?

Are we better prepared for big Cook Inlet spill?

Crude oil tankers and non crude fuel barges transit Cook Inlet all year round, and no one is prepared for a “worse case” scenario oil… Continue reading

 

Protesters hold signs along the Homer Spit during meetings involving Exxon in the months after the spill.   -File photo

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound —  “fetched up,” in the words of its captain, Joe Hazelwood.… Continue reading

Protesters hold signs along the Homer Spit during meetings involving Exxon in the months after the spill.   -File photo
Exxon Valdez oil spill: 25 years later

Exxon Valdez oil spill: 25 years later

Truth is one of the first casualties of war, and in Alaska, truth was the first casualty of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Does it… Continue reading

Exxon Valdez oil spill: 25 years later

After the spill: Sound ‘recovering’

BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 29, 1989, some have commemorated… Continue reading

In May 1989, Roger MacCampbell, state park ranger, surveys the damage at Gore Point.-Photo by Tom Kizzia, Homer News

Residents still carry spill’s hurt

By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer As word spread that the belly of the Exxon Valdez, a tanker carrying Alaska oil from Valdez to Long Beach,… Continue reading

In May 1989, Roger MacCampbell, state park ranger, surveys the damage at Gore Point.-Photo by Tom Kizzia, Homer News
Using a piece of plywood and oil that washed up on the beach at Mars Cove for “ink,” Homer artist Mavis Muller created this sign to encourage cleanup volunteers at the cove.-Photos courtesy of Mavis Muller

Exxon Valdez oil spill response spurs area residents into action

Editor’s note: With 2014 marking the Homer News’ 50th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to look at Homer’s past. This month marks the 25th anniversary… Continue reading

Using a piece of plywood and oil that washed up on the beach at Mars Cove for “ink,” Homer artist Mavis Muller created this sign to encourage cleanup volunteers at the cove.-Photos courtesy of Mavis Muller
Oil from the Exxon oil spill remains on Prince William Sound beaches. As proof, Harrison Metz, Coda Wood, Terry Gilliland and Austin Cline have a jar of the oil collected from Eleanor Island during August 2013.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Fireweed students give fresh eyes to a 25-year-old disaster

They might not have been born when it happened, but ask the fifth- and sixth-grade students at Fireweed Academy about the Exxon Valdez oil spill… Continue reading

Oil from the Exxon oil spill remains on Prince William Sound beaches. As proof, Harrison Metz, Coda Wood, Terry Gilliland and Austin Cline have a jar of the oil collected from Eleanor Island during August 2013.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Major spill response drill held at Valdez oil terminal

A two-day oil spill containment and cleanup drill at the Valdez Marine Terminal took place June 12-13. Spill response crews practiced dealing with a simulated… Continue reading

Multi-agency team finds options to reduce oil spills in Cook Inlet

The Cook Inlet Risk Assessment Advisory Team recently identified eight oil spill risk reduction options it feels could be immediately implemented to reduce the chances… Continue reading

Where were spill response vessels?

In regarding the inability to address pollution from the Jakolof Bay incident, the public needs to be aware that even after the gulf spill, this… Continue reading

Cook Inlet advisory council recertified by Coast Guard

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council has earned U.S. Coast Guard recertification for another year. This certification allows CIRCAC to continue monitoring oil facility… Continue reading

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