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In Photos: Remembering the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil, impacting miles of Alaska’s coastline and killing millions of animals.
The impact of this spill was truly horrific. Alaska Native Chief Walter Meganack was later quoted as calling it “the day the water died.”
Today, 22 of the 24 impacted species have still not fully recovered, including animals like orca whales, sea lions and dungeness crab.