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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Impact

March 24, 2014: The 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Disaster Cleanup Fishermen worked to keep oil away from salmon hatcheries. The Spring herring season has been closed for 19 of the past 24 years. October 9, 1991: the U.S. District Court Oil Spill 11,000 + workers, 1.400 vessels, and 85 aircraft approved the settlement between the State of Alaska, the U.S. government, and Exxon. Wildlife The "Exxon Valdez" Reach carried over 53 million gallons of crude oil. participated during the peak of cleanup activity. About 1300 miles of shoreline were contaminated. As of 2010, The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council lists Chugach transient killer whales, Court The tanker ran aground on a charted reef. Exxon spent in excess of $2.5 billion on cleanup costs. Exxon was fined $150 million in a criminal settlement The spill extended 470 miles southwest Pacific herring, to the village of Chignik on the Alaska Peninsula. plea agreement. It was the largest fine ever imposed for an environmental crime. The "Exxon Valdez" lost 20% of her 10.8 million and pigeon guillemots as "not recovering." cargo, gallons. Experts estimate In 2008, the Supreme Court reduced a 1994 Response vessels recovered less than 1% of the oil in the fırst 48 hours. On March 26, 1989, 70 mph winds weathered much of the oil, changing it into mousse and tarballs. as many as 580,000 birds, 5,500 sea otters, 200 harbor seals. and 22 orca whales died. punitive damages award to 10,000 fishermen from $5 billion to about $500 million. To learn more, read the new book, "Red Light to Starboard" by Angela Day. On Good Friday, 1989, a supertanker ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound. A geyser of crude oil darkened the inlet's pristine waters, stunning the world and leaving a spectacular, fragile ecosystem severely damaged.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Impact

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Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster, lengthy investigations revealed cover ups, covert operations, reckless corporate management, numerous safety violations, and a broken regulatory process....


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