Exxon Valdez Anniversary

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Not all anniversaries are for celebrating.  Tuesday March 23, 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in which 11,000,000 gallons of crude oil bled into Prince William Sound.  National Geographic has an article describing the lasting effects of the spill.  In it Christine Dell’Amore writes:

“Twenty years of oil exposure has injured this stretch of Alaska’s coast…In its first toxic sweep, the oil spill killed about 250,000 seabirds, 4,000 sea otters, 250 bald eagles, and more than 20 orca whales…Sea otters and harlequin ducks continue to die by digging into the sand for food and releasing buried oil.”

This event is just one of those situations where one is left with no choice but to deal with the emotions that are a natural occurrence after being informed of such news.  I feel condemned to hang my head in shame for the human race and the atrocoties we commit against nature which seem always to be prompted by our lust for natrual resources.

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One Response

  1. The worst thing about this is the lack of closure. People can never fix what had been done, but they need to be able to put it behind. When you think about how much it has hurt the local population (besides the devastating ecological effect), people lost their source of income, lifestyle, etc.

    And the Supreme Court’s decision seems to be unsatisfying for the amount of damages that Exxon had caused.

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