It’s been two weeks since BP says it capped the well spilling deep beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
A person might like to breath of sigh of relief-but far too many Alaskans remember the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez Spill and know the future holds a lot of uncertainty and heartache for Gulf of Mexico residents.
Kodiak’s Jane Eisemann was actively fishing the year of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Now she’s a member of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. The RCAC was created after the Exxon spill to promote safe operation of the Valdez terminal-and tankers carrying oil from the terminal.
If you’d like to get a better perspective of the extent of the Gulf spill, there is a website to help you visualize the spread of oil. It’s called If It Was My Home and allows you to super-imposing the Gulf spill over any area you choose. For instance, type in 99615 and it will show the size and shape of the spill superimposed over Kodiak Island and surrounding areas of Alaska.. The tool is located here.
Eisemann says, as someone directly affected both personally and professionally by the Exxon spill, she knows there is a lot more ahead for Gulf Coast communities…
— Extent of spill 1 :17 "The script has … will happen next."
In her work on the RCAC Eisemann says she’s had an opportunity to speak with Gulf residents. She participated in a tele-conference with service providers who will be helping those who struggle with the after-effects of the Gulf Spill. She spoke recently with KMXT’s Maggie Wall:
— Extent of spill 2 1:34 "They were so naive…really ahead."
Jane Eiseman speaking about the emotional and cultural toll of the Gulf Oil Spill
Though the flow of oil appears to have stopped, the physical extent of the Gulf spill has yet to be determined. Unlike Alaska’s spill, the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is deep and it is expected to be moved to vastly different areas by major planetary currents.