Andy Rowell, September 18, 2013
When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded back in April 2010, a small group of scientists and activists urged extreme caution about the best way to respond to the unfolding environmental disaster.
The authorities would have been wise to listen to them, because they were the veterans of the Exxon Valdez spill that occurred in Alaska in 1989.
At the height of the Exxon spill, some eleven thousand workers were employed to clean up the black crude from the beautiful coastline of Prince William Sound. As many species – from wales, to ducks and fish were decimated – the ecological devastation caused by the spill rightly made news across the globe. MORE