Oil Spill Contingency Planning—Public Participation Through the Coastal Zone Management Process

by Susan Braley, Department of Environmental, Conservation, Juneau, United States,
Kirsten Ballard, Department of Environmental, Conservation, Juneau, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


After the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in Alaska on March 24, 1989, spilling over ten million gallons of crude oil into the waters of Prince William Sound, attention focused on the failure of existing oil spill control regulations to prevent and guide a response to an oil spill of such magnitude. The public challenged government to work toward improved controls to assure the greatest measure of spill prevention possible, and in the event that prevention measures should fail, the highest degree of spill response available.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Coastal processes | Coastal management | Environmental issues | Agriculture | Failure analysis | Government | Public participation | Alaska | United States

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