Cleaning it Up

POSTED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 8:34am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 8:34am

VALDEZ, Ak (NBC33) - 11 million gallons of oil spilled into Prince William Sound.  Almost right away - 11,000 workers worked in and around the sound to clean things up.

Gordon Scott was one of the many who's job it was to get the oil out of the sound.  His job was towing boom.  While he was hard at work - others were spraying oil off rocks and beaches, and taking to the air to try and break the oil up.

"It's a positive thing - it's a reaction to the bad thing", says Scott.

He says he knows how cleanup workers on the Gulf coast felt after the Deepwater Horizon Spill, because it all happened to him 20 years earlier.

"If don't find oil to clean up you're dissapointed, if there was some you're excited".

Despite the hard work in the sound and the gulf, the damage still lingers today.

A 2003 study in Prince William Sound says some spots are still havily oiled.  That oil is going away at a rate of no more than 4% a year - and could be there for decades, if not centuries.

Thursday at 10:00 - it didn't take long before dispersants became controversial here in Louisiana.   We'll sit down with an expert of dispersants in Alaska, see how they were used in Prince William Sound, and concerns he has about using them in the Gulf.

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