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Oiled Wildlife Responders Reflect on Exxon Valdez 25th Anniversary

Oiled Wildlife Responders Reflect on Exxon Valdez 25th Anniversary

Shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez struck Blight Reef in pristine Prince William Sound, Ala., spilling about 10 million gallons of oil into the surrounding aquatic ecosystem. In the days that followed the spill, wildlife died by the thousands. Seabirds, eagles, seals, otters and other marine species ultimately perished in the resulting sludge.

Twenty-five years later, three members of International Bird Rescue‘s emergency response team look back on their experiences of the oil spill that changed everything. The video is a little hard to watch, but it is important because it shows how this spill fundamentally changed how oil spills are responded to in the United States.

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Video and Photo Credit: International Bird Rescue on Vimeo

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5:11PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Ugly...

9:57AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

I recently realized that unless people in oil-producing nations begin to prohibit its export, even if we all began using renewal resources, we would still have the same problems, because the big oil companies would simply begin sending it overseas to countries hungry for it at a lower cost.

4:48AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

I watched & wept.
I am so ashamed to be part of this human race.

6:47AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Can the birthday be made beneficial to not just the human?

9:06PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

I skipped the video this time. Too horrifying and painful, so many species massacred!

4:18PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Valdez=Mammal murders ! WHY does this happen over and over??? ALL countries need to get in gear and DO SOMETHING about it, not just always talk about it. We need MORE CHANGE IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!

3:24PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

I was so sorry to hear about the mess in Texas !!....This must be spring break there too. I admire all those who go to these spills to help save the birds and animals they can. This is ALL about greed, in Canada and the US !... Maybe they should make some of the CEO s come and wash birds and pack the dead ones in garbage bags.

2:28PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Stop buying that oil. Use only renewable resource as much as you can do. I so know money is had to get for most people...me too. But we need to stop making those rude people with rude actions any more money. It is their 'god' so to speak. Then we will not have to see these poor creatures go this this rudeness

2:01PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

humans destroy life on Earth and still call themselves "superior species"

1:50PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Greed and no respect for life.

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