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MARCH 19, 2001
5:48 PM
CONTACT:  US Public Interest Research Group
Liz Hitchcock or Athan Manuel (202) 546-9707 x 316
Groups Hold Press Breakfast to Commemorate Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
WASHINGTON - March 19 - Twelve years ago this week, the Exxon Valdez oil spill made history as the worst environmental disaster ever in the U.S. This year, the same industry that brought us dead birds and otters covered in oil wants to open up the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Also known as “America’s Serengeti,” the Arctic Refuge is home to large populations of caribou, muskoxen, all three species of bear brown, black, and polarsnow geese, and thousands of other migratory birds. Oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Refuge will damage this incredible resource, yet would do virtually nothing to solve our energy problems. At current rates of consumption there is enough oil in the Arctic Refuge to last the U.S. for only about six months.

WHAT: Press Breakfast to discuss the lasting impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill, the oil industry’s current track record of environmental misdeeds, and proposals to protect the Refuge in the current political climate. U.S. PIRG will release a new report on the oil industry“The Dirty Truth About the Dirty Four.”

WHO: Athan Manuel, U.S. PIRG Arctic Wilderness Campaign Director
John Passacantando, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
Brent Blackwelder, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
Sister Pat Daly, Campaign Exxon Mobil
Rep. Edward Markey (MA), co-sponsor of the Arctic Wilderness Protection Act of 2001 (invited)

WHEN: Thursday, March 22 9am

WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room


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