Since I was only four when Exxon Valdez took place, I was no place to understand the largest U.S. oil spill in history at that time.
The latest estimates of oil spewed into the Gulf range from 17 to 27 million gallons of oil, while Exxon Valdez capped at 11 million gallons.
Why is this bad? Let’s put numbers from Exxon Valdez in perspective to try and fathom what is to come.
Scientists estimated mass moralities of 1000 to 2800 sea otters, 302 harbor seals, and seabird deaths of 250,000 within days after Exxon Valdez’s spill– and 12 years later they found approximately 20 acres of shoreline was still contaminated.
As you can see from past numbers, an oil spill twice as bad as Exxon Valdez, we’ve yet to witness the worst of it.
Right now, wildlife organizations need donations. Your help could be the optimism needed in this grim situation.The official number bird deaths from the Gulf have been reported at 444, with 63 injured. Oil has hit 101 miles of Louisiana’s coast and we’re aware of the ghastly amount that has yet to hit shore.
What’s the cost? Well, for Exxon Valdez clean up, values ranged from $20,000 to $300,000 dollars per marine mammal , $125 to $500 dollars per terrestrial animal, and $170 to $6,000 dollars for seabirds and eagles.
Please make a direct donation here – click on ‘fundraising’ and donate now to any of the organizations helping with relief efforts and working towards a long recovery.
– Amy Chait