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What Scientists Learned About Cleaning up Oil Spills by Covering a Delaware Beach with Oil -- on Purpose

Most people don’t want to spill oil onto beaches. But after the disastrous 1989 Exxon Valdez spill covered the remote, rocky beaches of Alaska’s Prince William Sound with crude oil, Al Venosa was itching to do exactly that. 1,451 more words


Ensign of death

My first tour of duty as a commissioned officer was at Coast Guard Headquarters, in Washington, D.C. Headquarters is a place most Coasties would be happy never to visit, let alone work. 583 more words

Military Service

Cheap-ass motel room

At 9 PM on a summer evening more than 26 years ago, I finished a 13-hour workday. This was a fairly standard day for a lot of Coast Guardsmen ordered to Valdez, Alaska, on short notice in 1989. 356 more words

Coast Guard

Seward, Alaska

Our bus picked us up in Homer at about 9.30 and we drove to Seward. The drive was slightly worrying – while our driver seemed more than capable, we had a flat tyre within fifteen minutes, and then, despite rain and windy roads, she continued to try to make up time by travelling 15 miles over the limit the whole way. 782 more words