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Big Oil's Twilight? Not Yet

Even as the well gushes on, environmentalists see opportunity amid the BP oil nightmare. With the public riveted--a Pew poll found that 55% of Americans are...

Measuring the Spill: How the Government Did It

As BP's efforts to stanch the flow of oil gushing out of its collapsed rig in the Gulf of Mexico continue, there's not much for any of the world's giant...

Still Digging Up Exxon Valdez Oil, 20 Years Later

Twenty years since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in southeastern Alaska on March 24, 1989, spreading an 11-million-gallon crude-oil inkblot into Prince...

Remembering the Lessons of the "Exxon Valdez"

Twenty years since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on the night of Mar. 24, 1989 — spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil, which would coat 1,300...

Milestones Jul. 5, 1999

RECOVERING. STEPHEN KING, 51, horror novelist; from injuries sustained after he was hit by a van near his Lovell, Me., summer home; at a hospital in Lewiston...

First Mess Up, Then Mop Up

In the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill last March, Captain Joseph Hazelwood was widely viewed as America's Environmental Enemy No. 1. As the dimensions...

Exxon Valdez: The Biggest Spill in U.S. History

It was the kind of ecological disaster that environmentalists had been warning about since oil first began flowing from Alaska's North Slope twelve years ago...

Alaska's Billion-Dollar Quandary

To a casual visitor, the chill, choppy waters of Prince William Sound show little evidence of the disaster that struck on Good Friday 1989. Nearly 11 million...

Exxon Valdez: The Big Spill

A captain with too much alcohol in his blood turns over command of his tanker to an unqualified third mate. The mate shouts contradictory orders to the helmsman...

Environment: Dead Sea in the Making

Another full-fledged war began last week, complete with its own heavy weapons, intelligence reports and international team of experts on strategy and tactics...

Environment: Joe's Bad Tripon the Exxon Valdez

A rather unique way to renew old acquaintances — I can certainly think of more pleasant and certainly less "newsworthy" ways to do it, though. These days, after...

Summer of The Spills

With the Exxon Valdez disaster still grim and fresh in memory, any new spill would suffice to trigger a bad case of public jitters. As rotten luck would have it,...

Fall Guy or Villain?

From his room at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Joe Hazelwood has an unimpeded view of ice-choked Cook Inlet and the snowy peaks of the Alaska Range...

Environment: The Two Alaskas

The state's name comes from an Aleutian word that means "great land." And no one who has ever seen Alaska's panoramic peaks, its rushing rivers and teeming...

From the Publisher: Jul 24 1989

Journalists always want their stories to be the best -- and the first. This week's issue features what we think are two notable examples of excellence and...

An Oil Slick Trips Up Exxon

Not since the energy shocks of the 1970s has a Big Oil company been so vilified. From corner filling stations to the halls of Congress, Exxon came under attack...

Inside the Death Star -- Also Known as Exxon

Like all the Big Oil players now operating in the Gulf of Mexico, ExxonMobil was required to file a spill response plan with the Department of Interior that...

Mysterious Orange Goo Washes Up on Alaska Shore

An unidentified orange substance is washing up on the shores of an isolated village in northwestern Alaska, and the only thing that investigators can say for...