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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Ten Years Later


Ten years ago the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, fouling Alaska's pristine beaches with oil. Exxon claims the environment has recovered, but scientists aren't so sure, and people who fish say they're still suffering. "I think the spill affected everyone everywhere, and I would like to believe that all companies are working to prevent that kind of disaster again."

 

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Captain Hazelwood
Published: March 5, 1999

Living on Earth Almanac: An update on Captain Hazelwood and his ship.

A Silver Lining?
Published: March 5, 1999

Money paid by Exxon in an out-of-court settlement is being used to protect land and conduct groundbreaking research on the effects of oil in the environment.

Supertanker Safety in 1999
Published: March 5, 1999

Living on Earth's Terry FitzPatrick takes a ride on the tanker ARCO Alaska to see whether new safety regulations are having an effect.

Exxon Speaks
Published: March 5, 1999

Steve Curwood talks with Exxon Vice President for Safety and Environment Frank Sprow on the company's feelings a decade after the spill.

Lasting Lessons
Published: March 5, 1999

Six authors, analysts, and activists offer their thoughts about the spill, and the significance for the nation of the tenth anniversary.

Wave of Death
Published: March 5, 1999

The ecology and economy of Prince William Sound were drastically affected by the spill. Living on Earth's Peter Thomson reports on the lasting effects.

Hard Aground
Published: March 5, 1999

Host Steve Curwood's retrospective report on the day the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of oil, the largest spill ever in the U.S.


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