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24 March

20-Year Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill


What a horrible anniversary.  This is an incredible sad event in our history.  My hope is by posting this it will remind all who read it to take better care of our planet.  It’s the only one we’ve got.

Read this great article by Naomi Lubick from NatureNews titled Lasting legacy of the Exxon Valdez.  Here is an excerpt:

When people think of big oil spills, they think of theExxon Valdez. Twenty years ago, the oil tanker spilled its load off the coast of Alaska, and images of oil-slicked birds hit the news at a time when environmental awareness was quickly rising in the United States.  The accident became a lightening rod for green groups and lawmakers, but has also prompted hundreds of scientific studies looking at the implications of the disaster on local people, the ecosystem, remediation practices and oil spill response. Nature takes a look back at the disaster, and finds out what the situation is today.

Naomi goes on to describe how it happened and how that ecosystem is doing now.  A great article.

There is also more at TreeHugger.

Lastly for those who really want the whole story check out these books:
Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Environmental Disasters)
Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

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