Prince William Sound

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Exxon Valdez Happened 25 Years Ago—but Isn't Over

Marybeth Holleman: We must 'stop using so much oil'

(Newser) - Today marks a rather ominous anniversary: Twenty-five years ago, Alaska's Prince William Sound was devastated by more than 11 million gallons of crude oil that poured into it compliments of the Exxon Valdez. Writing at CNN , Marybeth Holleman argues that "was" implies an end that has yet to... More »

25 Years After Valdez Spill, Sea Otters Recover

Federal study says they're back to pre-spill numbers

(Newser) - It took 25 years, but sea otters have finally recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. A federal study of Prince William Sound sea otters affected by crude oil spilled from the Valdez in 1989 has concluded that the marine mammals have returned to pre-spill numbers. One big... More »

As Long as We Use Oil, We'll Spill Oil

(Newser) - The Exxon Valdez oil spill is still wreaking havoc on Prince William Sound 20 years later, and an increased push for drilling in Alaska has conservationists and fisherman girding for a repeat, Yale Environment 360 reports. The decimation of the sound’s herring population has affected everything from seabirds to... More »

20 Years On, Valdez Lessons Haven't Been Drilled In

(Newser) - It’s been 20 years to the day since the Exxon Valdez dumped about 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, and the area has still not recovered. Oil, particularly below the surface, persists, and marine animal populations have not recovered. Still, Time reports, the... More »

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Case Bound for Supreme Court

Exxon has paid $3.5 billion over years, but claimants want 'closure'

(Newser) - Almost two decades after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil off the Alaskan coast, legal clashes continue—and will reach the Supreme Court this week, the Washington Post reports. At issue is whether Exxon's $3.5 billion payout is enough or should increase to $5 billion, as... More »

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