Oil spill response team meets with Exxon Valdez responders

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The oil spill response team working to stop the flow of oil from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as mitigate its affects on the Gulf Coast shoreline and wildlife, are examining similar efforts for the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Just over 20 years ago, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled an estimated 10 million barrels of oil into the Prince William Sound in Alaska.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill responders are meeting regularly with the Alaskan oil spill responders in an effort to learn from their experiences.

The Alaska and Louisiana Sea Grant staff is meeting with the Alaska Oil Spill Responders to find out any lessons they learned while combating the oil spill in the Prince William Sound and if there are any applications for the Deepwater Horizon accident.

The Sea Grant group is a division of the NOAA consisting of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers and educators in a university setting.

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