Guests: Roger Helm, Ph.D
With the current administration in Washington wanting to open up new areas of our oceans to oil drilling, it's important to be mindful of what can happen when things go wrong.
In March 1989 the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. 10.8 million gallons of oil was dumped into the environment.
In April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster left 11 people dead and emptied 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil spills are tragic for the environment. Roger Helm knows firsthand. As senior scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Helm assessed the impact of oil spills and pursued claims against responsible companies following the Exxon Valdez accident and 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Hear an update and learn how U.S., state and tribal governments responded to oil spills.
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