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Big Dams & Bad Choices: Two Case Studies in Human Factors and Dam Failure: Introduction: Human Factors & Industrial Accidents Human choices, behaviors, and errors (collectively “Human Factors”) have been a critical contributing factor in historic dam failures.  Presumably, no dam builder ever builds a dam with the intention that it will rupture. Likewise, ... [read-more]
Drift River Oil Terminal: Tanks at the Drift River Oil Terminal GET PHOTO Storage tanks for oil source: Copyright held by photographer Introduction  The Drift River Oil Terminal is a short-term oil storage facility on Cook Inlet that is controversial due to its vulnerability to ... [read-more]
Earthquake Risk at Pebble: Our Pebble Articles Overview Block Caving Water Management Nearby Mining Claims Keystone Dialogue Perpetual Maintenance Tailings Storage Alternative Tailings Storage Opposition Powering Pebble Earthquake Risks A major earthquake could cause the collapse or failure of giant earthworks at the proposed ... [read-more]
Earthquakes and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project: Renewable Energy Articles Geothermal Augustine Geothermal Spurr Geothermal Wind Eva Creek Wind Fire Island Wind Hydroelectricity Chakachamna Hydro Chikuminuk Hydro Kogoluktuk Hydro Susitna-Watana Hydro Seismic Hazards at Susitna Other Tidal Power in Cook Inlet Yakutat Wave Energy Overview The proposed ... [read-more]
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: SummaryThe 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil spill released millions of gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound Alaska.   It was the worst environmental disaster in Alaska history, and occured in a very sensitive coastal ecosystem, magnifying damage.  The spill ... [read-more]
Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking") in Alaska: The controversial "massive" (or high-volume) fracking has little current application in Alaska's conventional petroleum fields, but could be used to develop Alaska's smaller unconventional petroleum fields. It is currently being explored as an option by Great Bear LLC for the Great Bear ... [read-more]
Sulfolane Contamination in Alaska: Summary Sulfolane, an industrial solvent used in the production of gasoline, has been detected since 2000 in groundwater located near the North Pole oil refinery, with the sulfolane slowly spreading outside the refinery boundaries.  In 2009 sulfolane was discovered in ... [read-more]
Understanding Dam Failure: Failed ChoicesFaulty decision-making often plays a crucial role in industrial accidents. Two well-understood cases were also world-class dam failures:Teton Dam, USA, 1976Teton Dam was the largest structural collapse in U.S. history, exceeding even the World Trade Centers.  The day before ... [read-more]