Exxon Valdez

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the wreck of the tanker Exxon Valdez in Prince Willian sound, Alaska. At least 11-million gallons of heavy Alaskan crude oil poured out of the Exxon Valdez, overwhelming frantic cleanup crews, and killing thousands, perhaps millions of animals. Today, the Sound is beautiful again, but the words Exxon Valdez still conjure up images of oil soaked birds suffocating to death, and beaches buried under toxic piles of thick black goo. NPR environment correspondent John Nielsen reports.

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