Looking back at the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989 and its lasting wounds
Updated : 2019-03-24 19:59:14
It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound.
The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring, sea otters and birds soaked in oil, and hundreds of miles of shoreline polluted. Commercial fishermen in the area saw their careers hit bottom.
This month marks 30 years since the disaster, at the time the largest oil spill in US history. Only the 2010 Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has eclipsed it.