Oral history of Exxon Valdez now complete and online

The council recently partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Oral History Program to create an online oral history of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Visitors to the Project Jukebox website can access video, audio, and written resources that offer a rich understanding of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The stories of twenty people who experienced the spill firsthand have been recorded talking about the impact the spill had on their lives and on the environment, the cleanup response, the long-term effects of the spill, and changes in the oil industry since 1989. … Continue reading

Personal stories of Exxon Valdez spill to be preserved in University of Alaska Fairbanks’ oral history archives

By ALICIA ZORZETTO Digital Collections Librarian Twenty-five years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the voices of 20 local citizens are being preserved as part of the Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university created this archive of stories, known as “Project Jukebox,” to preserve audio and video recordings related to aspects of Alaska’s history and its people. This year, the council is partnering with the university to create an Exxon Valdez oil spill portion of the archive. Funding is provided by the council as well as a generous contribution from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. … Continue reading

25th Anniversary Commemoration – Events

Several public presentations were held in March 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The presentations focused on the improvements in oil spill prevention and response in Prince William Sound since 1989. Dates and locations: Valdez:  March 4th at the Valdez Museum Seward:  March 6 at the SeaLife Center Cordova:  March 11 at the U.S. Forest Service in Cordova Homer: March 13 at the Pratt Museum Kodiak: March 18 at the library Glenallen: March 21 at the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment Anchorage: March 24th at the Loussac Library … Continue reading

25 years after Exxon Valdez oil spill

How has oil transportation changed in Prince William Sound?   Although the immediate cause of the spill was a navigational error on the part of the tanker’s captain and crew, complacency among the oil industry, regulatory agencies, and the public was found to play a part in the disaster. Few prevention measures were in place and cleanup resources were inadequate. Since 1989, regulatory agencies, the industry and citizens have been working together to learn lessons on how we can prevent oil spills and be better prepared to clean up if another spill should occur. What has improved in oil spill prevention since the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Double hulls All tankers transporting oil through Prince William Sound are now double-hulled. Double hulls, basically two steel skins separated by several feet of space, are an effective design feature which can reduce or eliminate spills that result from groundings or collisions. … Continue reading