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Twenty-five years later, the Exxon Valdez spill continues to haunt those affected


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Al Jazeera English writes about Exxon Valdez and how the massive oil spill disaster still continues to haunt the people and wildlife of Alaska more than two decades later. 

 

"When we heard on the radio that an oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez, had run aground, we just knew it was bad, that everything was going to change," said the 61-year-old commercial fisherman.

 

For Linville himself, that meant tying up his fishing boat and joining efforts to stop the fouling of Alaska's rich southern coastal waters. The ruptured hull of the supertanker began spewing crude almost immediately after it grounded outside the port of Valdez - more than 40 million litres of sticky, toxic goo.
 
"They hired everyone and anyone to help clean up," said Linville. "The fishing was closed so they had to do it. We all joined in."
 
As the slick spread west and south along Alaska's coast, Linville and others were sent to beaches to rescue animals coated with oil. Later he helped lay floating barriers and tried to scrub oil from the shore with soap. Some crews sprayed boiling water on rocky beaches, while others used dispersants to thin the oil coating.

 

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And Exxon hasn't learned a thing, now they want to drill for oil in the Arctic. On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster, Greenpeace protested Exxon Mobil's plans to start drilling in the Arctic: 

 

 

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In 25 years oil comapnies didn't learn that countinuing to pay the damages isn't the solution. They should learn to prevent these disasters. From 25 years to now there have been so many oil spills (like Deepwater Horizon) and in these days in Galveston Bay Texas 168,000 gallons of oil spilled causing damages to the environment.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/25/us/texas-port-houston-oil-spill/index.html

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