Oil Spill Lessons

Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard: Responders work to douse the flames after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

In the 23 years since the tanker Exxon Valdez hit the reef, oil spill prevention has improved greatly in Alaska. Nobody wants another spill.  But if it happens will we be ready to respond?  Two years ago, a spill in the Gulf of Mexico showed there is still room for improvement.

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HOST: Steve Heimel, APRN


  • Kurt Schwehr, Google Ocean, logistics specialist for NOAA/University of New Hampshire response to the Deepwater Horizon spill
  • Ray Highsmith, Director, University of Mississippi National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology, running a 3-year research program tracking the condition of the Gulf of Mexico after the spill
  • Samantha Joye, marine biochemist, University of Georgia, who explored the spill in the submersible Alvin
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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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