Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Exxon Valdez sold for scrap metal
The ship once known as the Exxon Valdez, whose 1989 grounding and oil
spill fouled a 400-mile-long stretch of Alaska coastline, has been
sold for scrap and will be cut up in Indian. The shipping publication Tradewinds reported on the less-than-stellar
end to a ship that did billions of dollars worth of damage,
particularly to the fisheries of Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound. The Exxon Valdez triggered one of America’s great environmental
disasters, and serves to this day as a reminder that Big Oil is capable
of big-scale mishaps. On March 24, 1989 — Good Friday — the Exxon Valdez veered off course
after departing for the oil port of Valdez and slammed into Bligh Reef.
Its captain, Joe Hazelwood, had been drinking at a Valdez bar before
departure. The 213,300 dead-weight ton ship fetched a price of $16 million to be cut up for scrap...more