Oil InAlaska

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The Raping of Alaska Places like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park and the wilderness Alaska, some of America's most majestic sites, are being threatened by our industrialized society. Many people believe that preserving the last of the world's natural beauties is more important than exploitation by entities that are ready to destroy them. Our newly elected President George Bush supports drilling oil in places like Alaska. Alaska is one of the most important areas left today that should not be raped and pillaged of its natural resources.

The potential for oil companies to spoil the pristine wilderness of the Alaskan tundra is too great of a risk to allow drilling on any more land that has already been destroyed. A destructive incident occurred in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound that demolished years of natural orders, and life cycles that were cut short before maturing and completing full circle.

On this particular day 11 million gallons of oil was dumped when the tanker was punctured. Because of this, thousands of wildlife animals lost their lives and their habitats completely wiping out generations of Mother Nature's cycle. It took months for cleanup crews to restore the bay to "livable conditions". However, the bay will never be completely purged of the oil, and it's deadly disease. Since then there have been strict regulations passed concerning the thickness of tanker walls, but this does not guarantee that an incident like the Exxon Valdez accident will not occur again. Every year there are over 250 oil spills on drilling sites that are reported. Even though most of these spills are minor, they are still spills that have the potential to cause damage like leaking into the ground and contaminating ground water sources.

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