Knowles offers oil spill expertise to Ecuador

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles is offering Alaska's help to Ecuador for the cleanup of a 185,000-gallon oil spill in the fragile marine environment of the Galapagos Islands.

The tanker ''Jessica'' ran aground Jan. 16 after the crew mistook a buoy for a lighthouse. Much of the oil has drifted away from the islands, but dozens of animals have been hurt by the spill.

Knowles offered the state's help in a letter sent Tuesday to the Consul General of Ecuador in San Francisco. Knowles said Alaska's experience with the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than a decade ago left it with the technical experts and other resources to help.

The governor said Alaska can offer assistance with spill response management, oil spill cleanup techniques and shoreline impact assessments.

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