Alaska notes improvements in spill response since Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

On March 24, 1989 the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil. The spill had a lasting effect on Alaskans.

“The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill changed how we do things in Alaska,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune. “Thirty years later, thanks to lessons learned from the spill, Alaska has become one of the safest jurisdictions for energy development in the world. As we work to lure the investment necessary to increase throughput in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System from Alaska’s prolific North Slope oil resources, we must remain vigilant in the safe production, storage, and movement of oil.”

Since 1989, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and its partners including industry, communities, Regional Citizen Advisory Councils, and the federal government have implemented the following changes to prevent oil spills and be better prepared to respond to spills should they occur.

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