Princess Kathleen Assessment Operations Open House

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Unified Command for the Princess Kathleen Assessment Operations will host an open house Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The public is encouraged to attend and learn about the vessel and how the Unified Command plans to assess how much oil may remain onboard. Representatives from the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Global Offshore Divers will be available to answer questions.

The 369-foot Princess Kathleen, a Canadian Pacific Railroad vessel built in 1925, went aground and sank near Lena Point in 1952 carrying an estimated 155,000 gallons of fuel. The Princess Kathleen now rests on a slope in 80 to 140 feet of water and continues to periodically cause small unrecoverable oil sheens in the area.

For more information please visit: the Princess Kathleen Unified Command website at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/princesskathleen

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