WIT Press


Perception Or Reality: Oil Spill Risks On Salmon

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OIL980221

Volume

27

Pages

12

Published

1998

Size

1,109 kb

Author(s)

E.L. Brannon

Abstract

Perception or reality: oil spill risk on salmon E.L. Brannon University of Idaho EMail: aqua@uidaho.edu Abstract There is a tendency in the American scientific community to assume the worst when it comes to the effects of oil spills on the environment. Over the several years of research following the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989 in Prince William Sound, Alaska, scientists of the United States National Marine Fisheries Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have reported long-term and continuing negative impacts of the spill on pink salmon. In spite of the substantial evidence to the contrary, neither reassessment of results nor analysis of alternative explanations have been considered by either agency. The motivations behind such unyielding positions are examined and explanations suggested for the singular point of view. 1 Introduction In March of 1989 the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef Island, and 1 1 million barrels of crude oil spilled into Prince

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