Exxon Valdez

Essay by kinkyangelHigh School, 11th gradeA-, April 2006

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The Exxon Valdez oil spill happened on March 24, 1989. Although the story is still unclear on how the ship had gotten into this huge accident, it was very clear on what damage this accident had caused. The Exxon Valdez encountered iceburgs in the shipping lanes and the captain them advised another man to take over the steering of the ship that wasnt a licensed captain. The captain, when found, was intoxicated and had a significant amount of alcohol in his system. This lead the captain of the ship to become careless and impaired to handle to ship. Charges were laid against him and he then suffered the consequences. This accident was known to be the 34th largest spill worldwide, but is considered to be the number one spill worldwide in terms of damage to the environment. 10.8 million gallons of oil were spilled, so you can just imagine the damage done to the environment.

The effect that the oil spill had on the local community was being in risk of consuming contaminated water. Also the community pitched in to help with the clean up of the spill. When it comes to the environment, it was affected the most because of the damage done to the animals with their lives and reproducing as well as the water and the undersea life. Over 300,000 animals and billions of salmon and herring eggs were destroyed. The oil affects animals deeply because of the toxins embedded into their fur and if its consumed the animals could die because their consuming poison. The oil spill affected the shoreline as well because it traveled as far as 1,300 miles.

Some actions that were taken in trying to clean up the spill was a hot water treatment. This was deemed popular until studies proved that this...