In the wake of the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, apparently we have learned NOTHING.
Chevron has left 6 million gallons of oil in harms way, atop our Cook Inlet fisheries. Yet Chevron, the Coast Guard, EPA, ADEC all agree on one thing: we do not have the capacity to clean up 6 million gallons of oil in Cook Inlet.
It’s true. The barge capacity to lighter spilled oil in Cook Inlet is only half the volume in the tanks - 3 million gallons. So what’s the response plan? The Coast Guard said on Friday “we’re working on it.” Seriously.
They have no actionable plan to response to a worst case spill.
Instead, they have a crop duster and several thousand gallons of dispersants to push the oil out of sight/out of mind. And the primary focus from the USCG and Chevron now? Get the facility back into production.
Don't stop the flow of oil.
Risks to fisheries are secondary to profits in Cook Inlet.
And don't forget - Chevron dumps BILLIONS (yes, BILLIONS) of gallons of toxic waste into Cook Inlet fisheries each year under a Clean Water Act loophole.
Write to the Captain of the Port - Mark Hamilton - email@example.com - and ask him to:
1) draw down the oil in the tanks at the Drift River Terminal until the volcano subsides and
2) position spill response equipment so we’re ready in case things turn south.
Thank you -
image - View up the Drift Canyon and the central ice gorge carved by floodwaters.
Picture Date: March 26, 2009 17:30:20 AKDT
Image Creator: McGimsey, Game;