Archive for March 2010
Ever since the then Exxon Co. devastated the Prince William Sound environment in Alaska and the livelihoods of thousands workers in that area following the Exxon Valdez oil spill 21 years ago, I have to admit the company leaves me cold. And that’s a polite way of putting it.
Each year at about this time I take a moment to consider developments surrounding the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
The tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989, spilling about 11 million gallons of crude oil. The spill spread oil on more than 1,200 miles of coastline, closed fisheries and killed thousands of marine mammals and hundreds of thousands of sea birds.
The struggle to take “dirty” trucks operating in West Coast port areas off the road has been a major rallying cry for ports and environmentalists for about five years; only now is the effort beginning to pay off.
The Port of Seattle reports that its voluntary, buy-back incentive clean air program recently saw the 100th dirty truck removed from service in just a matter of a few months.
The Environmental Protection Agency says various reduction scenarios could result in vehicle emission reductions of up to 27 percent through 2030, which helps to buttress the agency’s recent actions on greenhouse gas regulations in the transport sector along its general GHG reporting requirements for all companies.
EPA also says that implementation of those scenarios could reduce the transportation sector’s cumulative oil consumption by as much 28 percent by that date.