Dr. Dan Walker
*Senior program officer with the Oceans Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences
An aging oil tanker transporting more than 20 million gallons of fuel oil sank Tuesday, 130 miles off the coast of Spain. The sinking of the Bahamian-registered Prestige is the result of a cracked hull suffered in a storm last week. Some two million gallons have already leaked out and should the Prestige lose her entire fuel cargo, the spill would be twice the size of the 1997 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. Environmentalists are already concerned about damage to marine life in the area. Dr. Dan Walker, a senior program officer with the Ocean Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences, joins Neal Conan to talk about the ramifications of the oil spill.