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Articles from March 20, 2014

Posted: March 7, 2014
The ship Exxon Valdez.

On March 24, 2014, we hosted a Twitter Q&A with NOAA marine biologist Gary Shigenaka on the environmental impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which happened 25 years earlier in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Posted: March 20, 2014
Image of restoration being done in a wetland.

Restoration action for the Brio Refining / Dixie Oil Processors joint Natural Resource Damage Assessment case in Harris County, Texas has been completed. Texas Natural Resource Trustees, working with the responsible parties, negotiated a settlement to restore trust resources injured as a result of hazardous materials being released from both sites.

Posted: March 20, 2014
National Response System publication.

The National Response Team (NRT) and Regional Response Team (RRT) chairs and coordinators from around the country met in Atlanta March 18-19, 2014, to discuss issues related to oil and chemical spill prevention, preparedness and response. The NRT is comprised of 15 federal agencies (

Posted: March 20, 2014
Photo of King Range National Conservation Area.

Sherry Lippiatt, NOAA's Marine Debris Program California Regional Coordinator, participated in a winter lecture series hosted by the Bureau of Land Management King Range National Conservation Area. This region is home to the "Lost Coast," some of the most remote coastline in California.

Posted: March 20, 2014
Photo of boat on the water for a field training exercise.

If chemical dispersants might be considered for use during an oil spill, then proper monitoring and sampling would be critical to understanding their dispersant effectiveness and potential effects. To monitor for effectiveness, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Strike Teams follow long-established protocols developed by USCG, NOAA, EPA, the CDC and the former Minerals Management Service called Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies (SMART).

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