The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Update on Persistence and State of Alaska Activities

by Erich R. Gundlach, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, United States,
Marshal Kendziorek, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, United States,
John Bauer, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, United States,
Randy Bayliss, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The Exxon Valdez incident of 24 March 1989 caused the oiling of over 1,100 miles of Alaskan coastline and over 11,000 square miles of coastal waters. The State responded immediately to the spill, providing aerial spill tracking, protection of sensitive resources, treatment monitoring, shoreline surveys, and more. All activities have continued since the beginning of the spill. The State's cleanup monitoring program includes field assessment of all treatment operations and the tracking and sign-off of completed programs. As of June 1990, joint State, Federal and Exxon shoreline assessment teams surveyed over 1,215 miles of shoreline and found that substantial contamination remained. Plans for 1991 include an early Spring shoreline reconnaissance of beaches that were heavily oiled or subjected to sediment movement as part of the cleanup process.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials spills | Tracking | Beaches | Ecological restoration | Water pollution | Sea water | Aerial surveys | Joints | Alaska | United States

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