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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The tanker ranaground on acharted reef. The "Exxon Valdez"lost 20% of hercargo,10.8 milliongallons. Response vesselsrecovered less than1% of the oil in thefirst 48 hours. Exxon spent inexcess of $2.5billion on cleanupcosts. The spill extended470 miles southwestto the village of Chignik on the Alaska Peninsula. October 9, 1991:the U.S. District Courtapproved the settlementbetween the State ofAlaska, the U.S.government,and Exxon. Exxon was fined$150 million in acriminal settlementplea agreement. Itwas the largest fineever imposed for anenvironmental crime. On March 26, 1989,70 mph windsweathered much of the oil, changing it into mousse and tarballs. Oil Spill Cleanup Exxon Valdez Disaster Court Reach On Good Friday, 1989, a supertanker ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound.A geyser of crude oil darkened the inlet's pristine waters, stunning the world and leaving a spectacular, fragile ecosystem severely damaged. In 2008, the SupremeCourt reduced a 1994 punitive damagesaward to 10,000fishermen from$5 billion to about$500 million. About 1300miles ofshoreline werecontaminated. Experts estimateas many as580,000 birds,5,500 sea otters,200 harbor seals,and 22 orcawhales died. Fishermen workedto keep oil awayfrom salmonhatcheries. The Spring herringseason has beenclosed for 19 of the past 24 years. Wildlife As of 2010,The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill TrusteeCouncil lists Chugach transientkiller whales,Pacific herring, and pigeon guillemots as "not recovering." 11,000 + workers,1,400 vessels,and 85 aircraftparticipated duringthe peak of cleanupactivity. March 24, 2014: The 25th Anniversary of the The "Exxon Valdez"carried over 53million gallonsof crude oil. To learn more,read the new book,"Red Light to Starboard"by Angela Day.
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