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Photos: 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska
An oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska in April 1989. A massive oil-slick resulted after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground about 25 miles from Valdez, Alaska. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)
ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER, ACCIDENT, EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL, PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND, EXXON BATON ROUGE, CLEAN-UP EFFORT, CONTAINMENT OIL DISASTER LEAKING
Thick crude oil washed up on the cobble beach of Evans Island sticks to the boots and pants of a local fisherman in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on April 11, 1989. The Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill on March 24 has blackened hundreds of miles of coastline. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
High winds on Prince William Sound push crude oil up into an inlet on Squire Island, Alaska, April 10, 1989. The massive oil spill from Exxon Valdez continues to contaminate the Sound after the tanker ran aground March 24. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
In this photo taken April 9, 1989 file photo, a local fisherman inspects a dead California gray whale on the northern shore of Latouche Island, Alaska. The whale was found over the weekend in the oil-contaminated waters of Prince William Sound. Wildlife experts later determined that the whale had died before the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred on March 24. Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, some damage heals, some effects linger in Prince William Sound. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, File)
Crude oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez, top, swirls on the surface of Alaska's Prince William Sound near Naked Island Saturday, April 9, 1989, 16 days after the tanker ran aground, spilling millions of gallons of oil and causing widespread environmental damage. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
People in Kodiak carry signs to protest the Exxon oil spill in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, May 27, 1989. The protest march and related activities involving hundreds of people lasted about 1 ½ hours. (AP Photo/Marion Stirrup)
Around 200 people showed up at Fiesta Island in San Diego, Monday, July 17, 1989 to protest the use of Exxon products. (AP Photo/Brent Clingman)
Bill Scheer, of Valdez, Alaska, is covered in crude oil while working on a beach fowled by the spill of the tanker Exxon Valdez at Prince William Sound, Wednesday afternoon, April 13, 1989. Efforts to clean the 10.9 million gallons of North Slope crude oil continue. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
A rescued sea otter is restrained and washed by workers at a local animal facility after five of the oil covered mammals were captured in the fouled waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska, April 18, 1989. The list of animals injured and killed from the spill of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez includes sea otters, deer, eagles, owls and a host of other water fowl gathered up by rescue workers. (AP Photo/John Gaps III)
An oil-covered bird stands in oil-soaked kelp on Knight Island, Alaska, March 30, 1989, following the Exxon Valdez disaster. The oil tanker grounded on Bligh Reef on March 24, spilling more than 10 gallons of crude oil into the waters of Prince William Sound. (AP Photo/Rob Stapleton)
Crews use high pressured hoses to blast the rocks on this beach front on Naked Island, Alaska, April 21, 1989. This is one of only two beaches that are being worked on, of the 58 beaches in the Prince William Sound. On March 24, the crude oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of oil in the wates. (AP Photo/Rob Stapleton)
Tugboats hold the tanker Exxon Baton Rouge, right, up against the tanker Exxon Valdez as oil is pumped out of the damaged tanker that ran aground into the Prince William Sound, 25 miles from Valdez, Alaska, March 28, 1989. Exxon Valdez ran aground March 24, spilling over 270,000 barrels of crude oil. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)