Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: 25 Years Later, Effects Still Linger
Twenty-five years ago today, one of the worst oil spills in United States history took place in Prince William Sound on the Gulf of Alaska. The water filled with about 10.8 million gallons of toxic crude oil, resulting in dead otters, birds and other wildlife. The world wouldn't see the likes of such a
spill again until the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.
While cleanup efforts have helped restore the sound to its former state, effects from the spill still linger. Wildlife populations have returned to the area, but scientists continue studying the long-term effects of the spill, wondering just how much longer it will take for the ecosystem to bounce back.
"The understanding that lingering oil could have chronic effects on wildlife populations was a new and important finding, and one that we did not anticipate at the time that we started the research," Dan Esler, wildlife biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, told NPR.
Fishermen in the region are still haunted by the spill, as their livelihoods have... LINK
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