It has been many years since 1989’s Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.  Thanks to Alaskans’ commitment to avoiding another disaster, citizen oversight in the Sound has grown from a concept to a reality. However, Alaska must not forget the valuable lessons learned from its most devastating environmental disaster. Historians and experts attribute the Exxon disaster to complacency among citizens, industry, and government.

The following documents provide information about the events of March 24, 1989 and the 20 years of recovery, prevention and advances in technology regarding the transportation and clean up of oil in Prince William Sound.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Historical Documents

PWSRCAC commissioned documents:

The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster

Links to documents on other web sites:

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council‘s 20th Anniversary Report.
Anchorage Daily News “Hard Aground” Series
Pratt Museum (Homer, Alaska) “Darkened Waters: Profile of an oil Spill”
Living on Earth Exxon Valdez Oil Spill series
Alaska Fisheries Science Center Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Posters

Talk of Alaska: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on the Radio

According to APRN, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill galvanized public opinion nationwide, and led to strong new laws and a concern about marine conservation that has grown ever since. For two weeks, the issues surrounding the Exxon-Valdez spill will be the subject on Talk of Alaska from APRN.

Visit APRN’s Web site to hear audio transcripts of Talk of Alaska’s focus on the Exxon Valdez spill.

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