The Gulf oil spill and the lessons not learned from Exxon Valdez

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010; 9:41 AM

Our Readers Who Comment are lining up to express despair and anger about a terrific story that underlines the fact we rarely learn from lessons of the past. The subject is the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that fouled the Alaska coast for years and showed how unprepared we were to respond to such an event. Readers recall several disasters, from Bhopal to Challenger. They blame corporate greed, a lack of government oversight, protective politicians, inadequate management, etc. As Joe Stephens writes, "A commission that investigated the Alaska spill found that oil companies cut corners to maximize profits. Systems intended to prevent disaster failed, and no backups were in place. Regulators were too close to the oil industry and approved woefully inadequate accident response and cleanup plans... the lessons of two decades ago remain unheeded." Oil spill - Alaska - Exxon Valdez oil spill - Environment - Exxon Valdez

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