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It has been 10 years since the Exxon Valdez This article is about the tank vessel Exxon Valdez. For the spill, see Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Exxon Valdez was the original name (later Sea River Mediterranean and eventually Mediterranean
 ran aground a·ground  
adv. & adj.
1. Onto or on a shore, reef, or the bottom of a body of water: a ship that ran aground; a ship aground offshore.

, spewing both 11.2 million gallons of crude oil and a lot of bad publicity on Alaska's Prince William Sound Prince William Sound, large, irregular, islanded inlet of the Gulf of Alaska, S Alaska, E of the Kenai peninsula. It has many bays and good harbors; the large Columbia Glacier flows into Columbia Bay, in the N central portion. . Neither has been cleared away easily.

The spill is what Adam Kolten, Arctic Refuge campaign director for the Alaska Wilderness League, calls a watershed event for the environmental movement, taking its place alongside Three Mile Island and Love Canal Love Canal, section of Niagara Falls, N.Y., that formerly contained a canal that was used as chemical disposal site. In the 1940s and 50s the empty canal was used by a chemical and plastics company to dump nearly 20,000 tons (c. . And although "Exxon likes to tell a lot of anecdotes and show some pretty pictures, scientists have shown that the damage is far more severe and lasting than anyone previously thought."

In the 1991 civil settlement, Exxon agreed to pay $900 million to the state of Alaska and federal government over a 10-year-period. So far, almost half of the money, overseen by a council of six. government trustees, has been dedicated to land acquisition, ensuring undamaged habitat for species struggling to recover. Already, 650,000 acres have been purchased and merged with existing wildlife refuges, and state and national parks This is a list of national parks ordered by nation. Africa
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  • Algeria
  • Botswana
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  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia

Much of the remainder has been invested in research and monitoring. Of the 30 species most impacted, the bald eagle bald eagle

Species of sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that occurs inland along rivers and large lakes. Strikingly handsome, it is the only eagle native solely to North America, and it has been the U.S. national bird since 1782. The adult, about 40 in.
 was the first to recover to pre-spill populations and productivity, and the only one to do so by 1998. Some species, like the harbor seal harbor seal, most commonly seen seal of the Northern Hemisphere, Phoca vitulina. Harbor seals are found along coasts and in sheltered bays and harbors of North America, Europe, and NE Asia. , may never recover. Already in serious decline, 13 percent of the seal population died as a result of the spill, and numbers have continued to drop annually. Molly McCammon, executive director of the Exxon Valdez Restoration Office, points out, "Nature is the best restorer, but it will take many years."

For some, this isn't fast enough. Allen E. Smith, Alaska regional director for the Wilderness Society, says the real issues are still not being addressed, and getting industry to respond is "like pushing a wet noodle uphill." For instance, he says, there are still no double-hulled oil tankers operating in Prince William Sound, even though a transition to them is called for by the Oil Provision Act of 1990 as a precaution against future spills.

An Exxon Valdez Trustee Council symposium planned for late March in Anchorage will address lessons learned in the last decade of clean-up but, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Smith, "The biggest lesson is that no matter what we do, we're still vulnerable." CONTACT: Exxon Valdez Restoration Office, 645 G Street, Anchorage, AK 99501-3451/(800) 283-7745; Alaska Wilderness League, 320 4th Street NE,Washington, DC 20002/(202) 544-5205.
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