Alaska: A Job for Mother Nature

A Job for Mother Nature

In the 18 months since the Exxon Valdez spewed 11 million gal. of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, controversy has dogged the cleanup efforts. The debate continued last week, as Exxon ended a second summer of mopping up and declared the cleanup over unless its survey next spring proves a need for more. The tab so far: $2 billion plus. Alaskan officials were not quite so upbeat. Insisting that "substantial oil remains," outgoing Governor Steve Cowper said, "We can't take a walk and let Mother Nature finish up."

The state asserts that some four miles of coastline remain heavily...

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