On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, spilling about 40 million litres of crude oil into Prince William Sound.
It was the largest oil spill in U.S. history at the time.
The oil spread across 1,300 miles of shoreline, covering 4,000 square kilometres. Hundreds of thousands of birds and animals were affected by the environmental disaster.
Research shows that oil can still be found on the beaches, the herring stocks have still not recovered and local communities are still impacted by the disaster.
Opponents to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain projects are saying this is a sobering reminder of the dangers increased supertanker traffic carrying crude oil could bring to B.C.’s shores.
Marine toxicologist and former commercial fisherman, Dr. Riki Ott, was one of the first people on the scene of…
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