Exxon Valdez disaster 25 years later
March 21, 2014
Guests: Charles Wohlforth, Brenda Ballachey, David Kennedy
On March 23rd, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling millions of gallons of crude oil across 1,500 miles of coastline. The disaster devastated the environment and coastal communities, whose residents suffered higher rates of substance abuse, divorce, bankruptcy and suicide in the years after the spill. So how is Prince William Sound doing twenty-five years later? And are we any better at preventing and responding to future spills? Guest host Jeff Brady talks with CHARLES WOHLFORTH, author and former Anchorage Daily News reporter, BRENDA BALLACHEY, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who studies sea otters, and DAVID KENNEDY, former Deputy Undersecretary of Operations for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)