The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Research Paper by write123

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
A investigation into the Exxon Mobil claim that the fishing industry has recovered from the oil spill at Prince William Sound.
# 105858 | 1,154 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper is an endeavor to disseminate the truth from the differing opinions relating to an oil spill and environmental disaster. The paper examines the claims made that the fisheries that were destroyed when the ship Exxon Valdez spilled its oil into the Prince William Sound, have completely recovered.

Exxon's Shame
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Report
Alaska Fisheries Science Center Report
Conclusions Drawn from the Review of Literature

From the Paper:

"A report published by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center entitled: "The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: How Much Oil Remains" states that the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound "released a minimum of 1.1 million gallons of Alaska crude oil into one of the largest and most productive estuaries in North America." (Short, Rice and Lindeberg, 2001) Studies conducted since that time, specifically a study in 1993 returned estimates stating that "7m of shore line were still contaminated with subsurface oil." (Short, Rice and Lindeberg, 2001) Monitoring that has been ongoing in nature has determined that by 1999 "oil was surprisingly persistent and often in relatively unweathered state, containing high concentrations of toxic and biologically available polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)." (Short, Rice and Lindeberg, 2001) Moreover, "fauna from higher tropic levels such as sea otters and sea ducks still have not recovered." (Short, Rice and Lindeberg, 2001) Public concern led the 2001 assessment of the shorelines of Prince William Sound. The following table relates the summary of the sampling effort in this assessment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Exxon's Shame (2007) The Nation. 27 March 2007. Online available at:
  • 1989: Exxon Valdez Creates Oil Slick Disaster (2007) On This Day. BBC News 24 March 1989. Online available at:
  • Exxon Valdez (nd) United States Environmental Protection Agency Oil Program Online available at:
  • Short, Jeff; Rice, Stanley; and Lindeberg, Mandy (2001) The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: How Much Oil Remains? Alaska Fisheries Science Center. NOAA. AFSC Quarterly Research Reports July-Sept 2001. Online available at:
  • Page, David S. and Gilfillan, Edward S. (nd) Shoreline conditions in the Exxon Valdez. ValdezScience Spill Overview. Online available at:

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