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Exxon Valdez 10 Years Later

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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When people hear the phrase "oil spill: they think a bunch of black stuff all in the water.   Well there is a lot more to it then just that.   It is an economical disaster as well as an environmental one.   As you read along you will see how devastating this one oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, really was compared to others.   Whether you, as the reader believe it or just think it is something that is none of you concern and happened 10 years ago is completely up to you.   I think that your mind will change after hearing all the facts.

        On the day of March 24, 1989 the oil tanker Exxon Valdez was afloat when it ran aground a reef in Prince William Sound, putting a gash in its hull.   This gash bled out 11 million gallons of crude oil.

        The oil covered roughly 10,000 sq. miles of water.   This is the area

of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and 25 Washington D.C.’s combined!   In only a week’s time the wind and current moved the oil 90 miles into the Gulf of Alaska.   It contaminated 1,500 miles of coast.   This is like the shoreline of California.

      This oil as it moved through the water killed 300,000 sea birds, 2,600 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, and perhaps millions and millions of fish.   Of the 23 studied species hurt by the spill only 2 are said to be completely recovered.   The 2 are the Bald Eagle and the River Otter.   Some show no recovery at all.   Of these that haven’t recovered at all are the Harbor Seal, Harlequin Ducks, Pacific Herring, Cormorants, and even certain whales.   If people were familiar with some of the clean up that went on, they would probably remember that cleaning of all those ducks.   Well I hate to tell you but it was useless.   Some of them died 5 days after they were released.  

Scientists now know that the oil is 100 time’s more toxic then originally thought.   Even a minuet amount can cause deformities in fish like an extra fin.   Oil can still be found...


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