25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker "Exxon Valdez"

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez tanker left the oil terminal in Valdez, Alaska, and entered the Prince Wilhelm Strait. At 12:04 pm the ship ran aground, as a result of which a hole was formed in the hull and about 260 thousand barrels of crude oil flowed into the sea. The efforts made by Exxon and Alyeska Pipeline Company were not enough to quickly eliminate the effects of the leak, and soon the storm blew oil spills over long distances.

As a result, more than 1600 kilometers of coastlines were polluted, thousands of animals died. Exxon went broke paying for fines and oil cleaning work. The coasts of Alaska remain polluted to this day. Crude oil can be found just a few centimeters under the ground.

The US Coast Guard tug and boat are dragging a damaged Exxon Valdez tanker into Prince William Strait off the coast of Alaska on June 23, 1989. On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground near the Bly reef, resulting in a leakage of about 260 thousand barrels of crude oil. It was the largest at that time oil spill in US history.

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The ship Exxon Baton Rouge (left) pumps oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez, which ran aground in the Prince Wilhelm Strait near Valdez, Alaska, on March 26, 1989.

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A local fisherman stands on the oil-polluted coast of Evans Island in Prince William's Strait, April 11, 1989.

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Left: a fisherman puts in his boat a dead sea otter, found on the shore of a bay in the Prince Wilhelm Strait, on April 14, 1989. Right: A flock of sea lions in oil-polluted water off the coast of Ingot Island, Alaska, three weeks after the leak, April 14, 1989.

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Strong winds in the Prince William's Strait carried oil into a bay off the coast of Squire Island, April 10, 1989.

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Oiled stones glisten on the sun on Green Island in Prince William's Straits.

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Workers clean up oil on Nakead Island, Alaska, April 2, 1989.

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An oil-polluted gray-necked grebe on Knight Island, 56 kilometers from the leak, March 30, 1989.

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As a result of the oil spill, many seabirds, including cormorants and lynx, died.

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Oil leaked from the Exxon Valdez tanker stranded in the Prince William Strait.

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The DC-6 aircraft sprays dispersants over the spill site, March 27, 1989.

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The oil spill in Prince William's Straits, 80 kilometers from where Exxon Valdez ran aground, on April 2, 1989.

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Sea lions swim near the Exxon Valdez tanker, anchored in the Prince William Strait, on April 12, 1989.

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A worker washes oil-polluted stones on Nakead Island, April 2, 1989.

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Oiled bird in the animal rescue center, March 31, 1989.

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A worker washes away oil from stones with hot water under high pressure on Block Island, Alaska, April 17, 1989.

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Workers remove oil from the coast.

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At first, workers cleaned the coasts with hot water, which was supplied under great pressure, but then switched to cold water, since hot water destroyed all living organisms that lived on the shore.

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    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

    25 years from the date of the leak of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez

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