A Brief History of the Exxon Valdez Disaster

Anchorage Daily News / MCT / Landov

Massive Cleanup
At its peak, the effort involved more than 11,000 people and 1,000 boats. Workers skimmed oil from the ocean's surface and had to hose down goo-covered beaches, forcing the oil into traps for collection.

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