Defense Department News Briefing

Mr. Williams announced the discovery of a large release of oil from Kuwaiti oil tankers and Kuwaiti oil refineries into the Persian Gulf, presumably released… read more

Mr. Williams announced the discovery of a large release of oil from Kuwaiti oil tankers and Kuwaiti oil refineries into the Persian Gulf, presumably released by Saddam Hussein’s forces in Kuwait. He labelled the act of dumping oil “environmental terrorism,” with the release of several million barrels of oil. The size of the slick will be over twelve times larger than the oil slick created by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989. No defense against the oil slick was announced. The dumping of oil into the Persian Gulf, Mr. Williams said, had no military advantage for the Iraqis, and was considered an incomprehensible move by Saddam Hussein. Lt. Gen. Kelly said the oil slick would not have any impact upon U.S. and allied military operations, even in the event of ground troops landing upon Kuwaiti beaches. close

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Defense Department News Briefing

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Program ID:
16004-1
Category:
News Conference
Format:
News Briefing
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 25, 1991 | 3:30pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Jan 25, 1991 | 9:23pm EST | C-SPAN 1

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  • Jan 25, 1991 | 3:30pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 25, 1991 | 9:23pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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