Join AMOS at The Collider for February’s edition of the museum’s FREE Science Pub lecture series. This month, Roger Helm, former lead scientist for the Department of Interior’s damage assessment team, presents Crude Awakening- From the Exxon Valdez to the BP Gulf Spill. Helm will provide a detailed look into the ways governments hold those responsible for the release of oil and toxic chemicals into coastal ecosystems.
Federal, State, and Tribal Governments have consistently held spillers accountable for the injury their releases have wrecked on natural resources such as: birds, fish, other wildlife, and public lands. Lawsuits under provisions of Federal and State statues impels those responsible for the release of oil and many chemicals to pay for the assessment of the injury their release caused and for restoration actions that make the public whole again. Helm will share a broad range of examples spanning from the 1988 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska to the 2010 British Petroleum oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.