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23 years later and Shell has learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez disaster: #SaveTheArctic

23 years later and Shell has learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez disaster: #SaveTheArctic

Twenty-three years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The tanker spilled eleven million gallons of oil into the water, fouled 1,500 miles of Alaska’s coast and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds, otters, seals and whales, and devastated local communities. Despite Exxon’s declaration two years later that the spill was “cleaned up,” tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil still contaminate beaches and impact wildlife. People in Alaska are still living with the very real impacts of the spill more than two decades later. The oil from the broken tanker stopped spilling after a few days, but the impacts to wildlife and communities still continue. There is no end date in sight for recovery. The Exxon Valdez was the nation’s worst oil disaster, until it happened again. In April of 2010 the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and san...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/23-years-later-...

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