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Advisory group examines Valdez pipeline operations

By Lauren Maxwell 9:45 PM January 24, 2014

Will recognize 25th anniversary of Exxon-Valdez spill

ANCHORAGE - The 25th anniversary of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill is coming up soon. March 24 is the date the tanker ran aground and spilled more than 10 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound.

A group formed to help watch over the industry said Alaska has come a long way when it comes to preventing another spill. But some questions still remain. The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council has issued a report that questions how operations are monitored at the Valdez Pipeline Terminal.

“I think we have a very good prevention system in place, but there are always, as technology gets better and progresses, I think there are always things that need to be looked at to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent something like this happening,” said Steve Rothchild with the Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council.

Alyeska Pipeline Services runs the terminal and said they’ve only just received the council’s report. Scott Hicks, director of Valdez Operations for Alyeska, said he is looking over the report and is happy to discuss it with the council. Hicks said he feels confident operations at the Valdez Terminal are safe.

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