It has been twenty years since the Exxon Valdez spill, and the Prince William Sound is still suffering. There are areas with pockets of oil, approximately 16,000 gallons, buried in small portions of the intertidal zone. The herring, an important species from the Prince William Sound’s ecosystem is considered not recovering with a dwindling population.
There are seven distinct species still recovering from the spill including otters, killer whales, and clams.
No, and in fact, the council overseeing restoration efforts claimed last August that the oil in the area remained nearly as toxic as it was directly after the spill. They expect it may take decades or centuries for the oil to dissipate. Sea otter populations and some bird species have not really recovered. In addition, oil has been detected nearly 450 miles away from the original site of the spill.
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