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A Grim Update on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

by Camella Lobo 


Tags: Environment, oil spill, Alaska, wildlife, Animal Welfare Institute,

oil spillTwenty years after the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of crude oil into Alaskan waters, the disaster continues to wreak havoc on wildlife, according to a 2009 report from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. The Animal Welfare Institute reports that more than 16,000 gallons of oil remain in the environment.

On the growing list of likely extinctions attributed in part to the spill is a small AT1 population of orcas, which has inhabited the area for thousands of years.

Source: Animal Welfare Institute 

Image by jimbrickett, licensed under Creative Commons.