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  • Twitter Chat: 25 Years after Exxon Valdez Looking Back, and Moving Forward

    Join the discussion as we mark the 25th anniversary of one of Americas most

    devastating ecological disasters

    When Shells Kulluk drill rig ran aground near

    Kodiak Island on New Years Eve 2012, it was a

    chilling reminder to Alaska and the country of the

    horrific consequences of one of the largest oil

    spills in U.S. history. Twenty-five years ago, on

    March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez

    struck a reef in Alaskas Prince William Sound.

    Today, oil still lurks under the surface of Prince

    William Sound beaches, adversely impacting both

    wildlife and human lives. The Deepwater Horizon

    disaster less than four years ago is another stark

    reminder of the devastating impacts that occur

    from an oil spill.

    Join us as we remember the devastating oil spill,

    learn about its ongoing impacts, and discuss how

    the lessons from the Exxon Valdez should inform

    the desire to drill in the Arctic Ocean.


    What: Twitter chat focusing on the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and how we can

    protect the Arctic Ocean. Questions answered by: Rick Steiner (Oasis Earth, via @alaskawild), Dune

    Lankard (Eyak Preservation Council , via @WildSalmon4Ever), Andrew Hartsig (Ocean Conservancy) and

    Denny Takahashi-Kelso (Ocean Conservancy). Moderated by Alaska Wilderness Leagues Corey Himrod


    When: Monday, March 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. to

    11 a.m. Alaska)

    How to Join: Follow along and Tweet questions using the hashtag #Exxon25

    Need More Info?

    Contact Corey Himrod, Alaska Wilderness League, @CoreyHimrod

    Speaker bios below.

  • Background on the Participants:

    About Rick Steiner:

    Today, Mr. Steiner conducts the Oasis Earth project ( a global consultancy

    working with NGOs, governments, industry and civil society to speed the transition to an

    environmentally sustainable society. But from 19802010, Mr. Steiner was as a marine conservation

    professor with the University of Alaska, stationed in the Arctic (Kotzebue 1980-1982), Prince William

    Sound (Cordova 1983-1997), and Anchorage (1997-2010). As the University of Alaska's marine advisor

    for the Prince William Sound region, he provided leadership in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil

    Spill, proposed and helped establish the Regional Citizens Advisory Councils, the Prince William Sound

    Science Center, and the billion dollar legal settlement between Exxon and the government with which

    much of the coastline of the oil spill region was protected.

    About Dune Lankard:

    Dune Lankard is a strategic and guiding force for the Eyak Preservation Council (EPC). He is ancestrally

    from, and a lifelong resident, subsistence and commercial fisherman of, Cordova, Alaska. Dunes Eyak

    name is Jamachakih, which translates: Little Bird that screams really loud and won't shut up. The

    morning he found his homelands covered with crude oil from the Exxon Valdez disaster he turned from

    commercial fisherman to dedicated life-long community activist. Since that day, he has been recognized

    for his abilities to link cultural, environmental and economic solutions. For his work, he was selected by

    Time magazine as one of its "Heroes of the Planet". In 2006, he was named an Ashoka Social

    Entrepreneur Fellow. He was recently awarded a Hunt Alternatives Fund-Prime Movers Fellowship:

    Cultivating Social Capital Award. Mr. Lankard sits on boards of the Bioneers, EPC, the NATIVE

    Conservancy, RED OIL, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and the FIRE Fund and on the

    advisory board of the Seva Foundation and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. In addition to involvement in

    various EPC programs and campaigns, he is one of EPCs Copper River wilderness raft guides.

    About Denny Takahashi-Kelso:

    Denny Takahashi-Kelso is senior counsel at Ocean Conservancy and brings extensive experience with

    U.S. Arctic conservation issues to the organization. He was the Alaska commissioner of environmental

    conservation during the Exxon Valdez oil disaster and was one of the first people on the ship after the

    grounding. His involvement with the Exxon Valdez spill response made him a critical resource to

    lawmakers during the creation and passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. He has assisted members of

    Congress, as well as state and federal resource management officials, in strengthening oil spill

    prevention and response capacity and planning for restoration.

    Given his experience, Denny leads the organizations Arctic strategic initiatives, including those focused

    on ecosystem protection particularly reduction of risks from expansion of industrial activity as sea ice

    retreats. Included in his portfolio is the Arctic scenarios project an analysis and mapping of

    infrastructure, operations, and potential impacts from proposed oil and gas activities in the Chukchi and

    Beaufort seas.

  • Denny holds a law degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the

    University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Denny served in the Alaska governors cabinet, was the

    chair of the Alaska Emergency Response Commission, was the Alaska deputy commissioner of fish and

    game, and was also a member of both the Alaska Water Resources Board and the Alaska Coastal Policy


    About Andrew Hartsig:

    Andrew Hartsig is the director of Ocean Conservancy's Arctic Program, for which he has been working to

    preserve the resilience of Arctic marine ecosystems from the threats of rapid climate change, ocean

    acidification and increasing industrial activity since 2008. While at Ocean Conservancy, Andrew has

    authored or co-authored several law journal articles, including papers on offshore oil and gas policy both

    broadly and as it pertains to the Alaskan Arctic, federal consultation with indigenous peoples in the

    Arctic, and increasing vessel traffic in the Bering Strait region.

    Andrew graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College with a degree in anthropology and

    environmental studies. He received a law degree with honors from the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney

    College of Law. After law school, Andrew clerked for Judge Michael Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals

    for the 10th Circuit. Andrew lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska.