Oceana Magazine Summer 2014: News & Notes
1. March 24 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which dumped nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. April 20 marked the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill disaster, when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sent an estimated 210,000 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, killing seven rig workers and countless sea creatures.
2. 15: Number of coastal towns that have passed local resolutions opposing the use of seismic airguns off their coast. Additionally, more than 150 national, state, and local elected officials that have joined Oceana to oppose seismic airgun use along the East Coast.
3. Oceana’s latest PSA features international surfing champion Maya Gabeira, encouraging everyone to help the oceans catch a break. Check back later this year for a second PSA featuring Canadian actress Cobie Smulders.
4. National Geographic and Oceana recently released “Desventuradas: The Wildest Chile,” a documentary about our joint expedition to Chile’s remote Desventuradas Islands in 2013. *
5. In April, the U.S. Coast Guard released its investigative report on the 2012 grounding of an ocean drilling rig, the Kulluk, in Alaskan waters. The report details mismanagement and poor risk assessment on the part of oil industry operators and contractors, and ultimately concludes that they did not appreciate or appropriately plan for the Alaska’s notoriously rough conditions.
* This work was funded by grants from the Waitt Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Lotex Foundation.