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October 2016 Issue

25 Years Ago 1991. The Hawaii Institute of Geophysics slant-drilled in-the-rock pipelines at Keahole Point on Hawaii’s Big Island. This proved to be environmentally devastating because the final size of the trench turned out to be much larger than planned, resulting in more coral lost as a direct result of blasting. ... German scientists reported detecting weak paths of light by neutrinos as deep as 1,000 m below the sea surface near the Canary Islands. ... To prevent another disastrous spill such as the Exxon Valdez, the U.S. Coast Guard sought public comment on two actions: regulations for carrying oil as cargo and a reduction in requirement that not-for-profit oil spill response be 100 percent U.S. owned.


15 Years Ago 2001. NOIA organized a multitrade association working group to ensure the industry’s concerns remained a part of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s focus. The working group was an ad hoc committee of industry stakeholders meeting on a needed basis to discuss upcoming issues, compile information and coordinate strategies to educate and inform the commission and its constituents. ... The U.S. Coast Guard from Portsmouth, Virginia, mobilized to New York City and Washington, D.C., to assist local officers with crisis response and safety and security of ports and waterways after the September 11 terrorist attacks. ... The U.S. Navy announced the USS Cole was launched back into the water at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls Operations.


10 Years Ago 2006. The U.S. Navy christened Makin Island, the newest and last ship in the Wasp-class of amphibious assault ships. ... The U.S. House of Representatives came one step closer toward establishing NOAA into law for the first time in its 37-year history. NOAA had never had full statutory basis. ... NASA’s data showed an alarming trend in the Arctic perennial sea ice, which normally survived the summer melt season and remained year-round. It shrunk 14 percent from 2004 to 2005. The overall decrease totaled 280,000 sq. mi.


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