Friday, February 28, 2014
How Long Does It Take to Get Over Something Like the Exxon Valdez Disaster? If You're a Sea Otter, 25-Years.
It's almost a quarter-century since the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound spilling 42-million leaders of crude oil into the cold, clean waters. That oil did a lot of damage, killed a lot of wildlife including sea birds, fish and marine mammals.
25-years later the impacts of the Valdez disaster are still being felt. It's said some victims are still waiting to be compensated.
Now there's some good news. The population of sea otters, devastated by the oil spill, has finally recovered to pre-spill numbers. Fortunately the otters in Prince William Sound only had to contend with conventional crude oil. If the spill had been dilbit - diluted bitumen - it might have been a much different situation.