Exxon Valdez: 25 Years Later

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Science  21 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6177, pp. 1289
DOI: 10.1126/science.1253412

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After I was called upon in 2010, as director of the U.S. Geological Survey, to help with well control and flow estimation for the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill, I reviewed what had been learned from the Exxon Valdez (EV) oil spill. Although EV and DWH differed in their spill characteristics and impacts, I suspected that insight gained in the decades since EV could help guide how to best invest research funds targeted for DWH recovery and future oil spill prevention