Thirty years ago—the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The damaged ship spilled roughly 11 million gallons of oil into the ocean, killing and injuring seabirds, sea otters, harbor seals, bald eagles, orcas and other marine wildlife. The oil spread in the days that followed, contaminating more than 1,300 miles of Alaska’s coastline. Decades after one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history, oil still clings to some beaches in the region.
Let’s prevent another Exxon Valdez. We can do better!
Now, as the Arctic warms at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, one of our key areas of concern is the increase in vessel traffic in this remote region. More shipping means a greater risk of oil spills and other accidents, as well as threats like air and water pollution. That’s why we’re working on new measures to protect these waters.
Take action today by urging the Coast Guard to make Arctic shipping safer.
We need to take action—before history repeats itself. Let's ban heavy fuel oil in the Arctic and improve emergency responses to oil spills. We need to create shipping corridors that safeguard Arctic communities and marine habitat. It's time to require tougher rules on ship emissions and discharges, and use the latest technologies for ship navigation, tracking and charting.
Let’s make Arctic shipping safer—now.