The 53.1 million US gallons of oil were packed away and the ship master, Joseph Hazlewood left the wheel house to the third mate. It was 12:04am, March 24th, 1989, when The Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef.
The ship had left Alaska's Valdez oil terminal at 9:12am and was to drop of the oil at Long Beach, California. To avoid icebergs, The Valdez had to go out of the shipping lane. Hazlewood soon discovered that the outbound was worse of than the inbound. So, the captain got permission from the Cost guard to go through the inbound lane. That is when one of the worst at sea catastrophes happened.
10.8 million gallons of US oil eventually spread out to 11,000,000 miles. It was disastrous to the surrounding animals and environment. The estimate of destruction was about 500,000 seabirds, 1,000 sea otters, 250 bald eagles, and 300 harbor seals. Unfortunately, Prince William Sound could only be reached by helicopter and boat so immediate clean-up was not easy. When help was gotten, the thick oil clogged the machinery. Prince William Sound has many crevasses in the rocks that soon filled up with oil. The oil was treated with high-pressure hot water, but it also blasted out a lot of the natural organisms. There were many ups and downs to this long, hard process.
Even though the people did a lot of work that helped, around 26 thousand gallons of oil are still in the sand at Prince William Sound. This amount is only diminishing at 4% a year. The destruction that March 24th, 1989 left behind, will never be forgotten.
My favorite ending was not really liked but Mom, but here it is anyway! So, don't hit icebergs when you are bearing like a million gallons of oil and I won't have to write a stupid, boring paper about a stupid, boring oil spill ever again. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahaha!
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