Herdenking olieramp met de Exxon Valdez
March 24, 2019 -- Dertig jaar geleden lekte de olietanker Exxon Valdez 41 miljoen liter ruwe olie voor de kust van Alaska, en veroorzaakte daarmeeneen ecologische ramp.
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck Bligh Reef in Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound and spilled 41 million litres of crude. Until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The aftermath images serve as an environmental impact warning to the Trump Administration, which plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
Initial attempts to contain the Exxon Valdez oil in the sound failed. A storm blew in, spreading the crude along some 2,100 kilometres of coastline, killing hundreds of thousands of seabirds, otters, seals and whales. Though the oil has mostly disappeared from view, many Alaskan beaches remain polluted, with crude oil buried just inches below the surface.