May 3, 2010 10:51 AM

Commentary: Gulf of Mexico rig disaster strikes hard in Alaska

To Alaskans who were here in 1989, the scene in the Gulf of Mexico looks familiar — the scrambling spill response, the booms, the fishermen, the relentless spread of the oil. The circumstances are not entirely the same, of course. The Exxon Valdez oil spill, North America's worst, was caused by a tanker run aground, not a rig explosion as happened with BP's Deepwater Horizon.

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