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<ul><li><p>Twitter Chat: 25 Years after Exxon Valdez Looking Back, and Moving Forward </p><p>Join the discussion as we mark the 25th anniversary of one of Americas most </p><p>devastating ecological disasters </p><p>When Shells Kulluk drill rig ran aground near </p><p>Kodiak Island on New Years Eve 2012, it was a </p><p>chilling reminder to Alaska and the country of the </p><p>horrific consequences of one of the largest oil </p><p>spills in U.S. history. Twenty-five years ago, on </p><p>March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez </p><p>struck a reef in Alaskas Prince William Sound. </p><p>Today, oil still lurks under the surface of Prince </p><p>William Sound beaches, adversely impacting both </p><p>wildlife and human lives. The Deepwater Horizon </p><p>disaster less than four years ago is another stark </p><p>reminder of the devastating impacts that occur </p><p>from an oil spill. </p><p>Join us as we remember the devastating oil spill, </p><p>learn about its ongoing impacts, and discuss how </p><p>the lessons from the Exxon Valdez should inform </p><p>the desire to drill in the Arctic Ocean. </p><p>DETAILS: </p><p>What: Twitter chat focusing on the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and how we can </p><p>protect the Arctic Ocean. Questions answered by: Rick Steiner (Oasis Earth, via @alaskawild), Dune </p><p>Lankard (Eyak Preservation Council , via @WildSalmon4Ever), Andrew Hartsig (Ocean Conservancy) and </p><p>Denny Takahashi-Kelso (Ocean Conservancy). Moderated by Alaska Wilderness Leagues Corey Himrod </p><p>(@CoreyHimrod). </p><p>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 </p><p>11 a.m. Alaska) </p><p>How to Join: Follow along and Tweet questions using the hashtag #Exxon25 </p><p>Need More Info? </p><p>Contact Corey Himrod, Alaska Wilderness League, @CoreyHimrod </p><p>Speaker bios below. </p></li><li><p>Background on the Participants: </p><p>About Rick Steiner: </p><p>Today, Mr. Steiner conducts the Oasis Earth project (www.oasis-earth.com) a global consultancy </p><p>working with NGOs, governments, industry and civil society to speed the transition to an </p><p>environmentally sustainable society. But from 19802010, Mr. Steiner was as a marine conservation </p><p>professor with the University of Alaska, stationed in the Arctic (Kotzebue 1980-1982), Prince William </p><p>Sound (Cordova 1983-1997), and Anchorage (1997-2010). As the University of Alaska's marine advisor </p><p>for the Prince William Sound region, he provided leadership in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil </p><p>Spill, proposed and helped establish the Regional Citizens Advisory Councils, the Prince William Sound </p><p>Science Center, and the billion dollar legal settlement between Exxon and the government with which </p><p>much of the coastline of the oil spill region was protected. </p><p>About Dune Lankard: </p><p>Dune Lankard is a strategic and guiding force for the Eyak Preservation Council (EPC). He is ancestrally </p><p>from, and a lifelong resident, subsistence and commercial fisherman of, Cordova, Alaska. Dunes Eyak </p><p>name is Jamachakih, which translates: Little Bird that screams really loud and won't shut up. The </p><p>morning he found his homelands covered with crude oil from the Exxon Valdez disaster he turned from </p><p>commercial fisherman to dedicated life-long community activist. Since that day, he has been recognized </p><p>for his abilities to link cultural, environmental and economic solutions. For his work, he was selected by </p><p>Time magazine as one of its "Heroes of the Planet". In 2006, he was named an Ashoka Social </p><p>Entrepreneur Fellow. He was recently awarded a Hunt Alternatives Fund-Prime Movers Fellowship: </p><p>Cultivating Social Capital Award. Mr. Lankard sits on boards of the Bioneers, EPC, the NATIVE </p><p>Conservancy, RED OIL, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and the FIRE Fund and on the </p><p>advisory board of the Seva Foundation and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. In addition to involvement in </p><p>various EPC programs and campaigns, he is one of EPCs Copper River wilderness raft guides. </p><p>About Denny Takahashi-Kelso: </p><p>Denny Takahashi-Kelso is senior counsel at Ocean Conservancy and brings extensive experience with </p><p>U.S. Arctic conservation issues to the organization. He was the Alaska commissioner of environmental </p><p>conservation during the Exxon Valdez oil disaster and was one of the first people on the ship after the </p><p>grounding. His involvement with the Exxon Valdez spill response made him a critical resource to </p><p>lawmakers during the creation and passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. He has assisted members of </p><p>Congress, as well as state and federal resource management officials, in strengthening oil spill </p><p>prevention and response capacity and planning for restoration. </p><p>Given his experience, Denny leads the organizations Arctic strategic initiatives, including those focused </p><p>on ecosystem protection particularly reduction of risks from expansion of industrial activity as sea ice </p><p>retreats. Included in his portfolio is the Arctic scenarios project an analysis and mapping of </p><p>infrastructure, operations, and potential impacts from proposed oil and gas activities in the Chukchi and </p><p>Beaufort seas. </p><p>http://www.oasis-earth.com/</p></li><li><p>Denny holds a law degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the </p><p>University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Denny served in the Alaska governors cabinet, was the </p><p>chair of the Alaska Emergency Response Commission, was the Alaska deputy commissioner of fish and </p><p>game, and was also a member of both the Alaska Water Resources Board and the Alaska Coastal Policy </p><p>Council. </p><p>About Andrew Hartsig: </p><p>Andrew Hartsig is the director of Ocean Conservancy's Arctic Program, for which he has been working to </p><p>preserve the resilience of Arctic marine ecosystems from the threats of rapid climate change, ocean </p><p>acidification and increasing industrial activity since 2008. While at Ocean Conservancy, Andrew has </p><p>authored or co-authored several law journal articles, including papers on offshore oil and gas policy both </p><p>broadly and as it pertains to the Alaskan Arctic, federal consultation with indigenous peoples in the </p><p>Arctic, and increasing vessel traffic in the Bering Strait region. </p><p>Andrew graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College with a degree in anthropology and </p><p>environmental studies. He received a law degree with honors from the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney </p><p>College of Law. After law school, Andrew clerked for Judge Michael Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals </p><p>for the 10th Circuit. Andrew lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. </p></li></ul>

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