Four years after its occurrence rocked the petroleum industry and revitalized the U.S. environmental movement, the Exxon Valdez tanker oil spill off Alaska continues to stir controversy. Conflicting reports abound over whether there is long term damage to the Prince William Sound ecosystem resulting from the Mar. 24, 1989, spill. The worst U.S. oil spill occurred when the tanker laden with Alaskan North Slope crude struck a submerged reef and spilled 258,000 bbl of oil.

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