State offering guidance on oil spill

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell's administration is offering support to Gulf Coast states following the recent oil spill.

Spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says Parnell's chief of staff Mike Nizich is making himself and the Alaska Department of Law available to answer questions or to offer any insights. She says he's made the offer to counterparts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Crude oil remains on some Alaska beaches 21 years after the Exxon Valdez hit a reef and ruptured cargo tanks that discharged 10.8 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council says about 1,300 miles of Alaska shoreline were affected by the spill, which was also blamed for the deaths of thousands of birds and other wildlife.

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