A Not-so-happy Anniversary: The Exxon Valdez

By Newsbyrd staff-

For environmentalists worldwide, not to mention the wildlife in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, March 24, 1989, was a day not soon to be forgotten.

And, as an almost fitting anniversary present on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the worst tanker spill in US history, the ship once known as the Exxon Valdez has been sold for scrap.

Maryland-based, Global Marketing Systems Inc bought the old single-hulled tanker for a reported $16-million, according to a recent Los Angeles Time report.

The ship was converted to an ore carrier in 2007 and changed hands (and names) four times since the eco-disaster. Most recently it was named the Oriental Nicety.

The spill, which spewed over 10-million gallons of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, was the largest in U.S. waters until the recent Macondo oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010.  It remains the country’s largest tanker spill, which led to the U.S. requiring similar ships to have two hulls.

Twenty-three years later

According to Rush Limbaugh, “The place is Pristine now.”

“They were wiping off the rocks with Dawn dishwater detergent and paper towels and so forth,” Limbaugh said on his April 29, 2010 radio show.

Government officials involved in the cleanup say the conditions are quite a stretch from “pristine.”

Despite the beautiful scenery and wildlife in apparent total-rebound, a report from the Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, released in 2009 stated, “one of the most stunning revelations of Trustee Council-funded monitoring over the last 10 years is that Exxon Valdez oil persists in the environment and in places, is nearly as toxic as it was the first few weeks after the spill.”

It would be wonderful if Rush Limbaush were right!



Posted by at March 21, 2012
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