Twenty-five years ago today, an Exxon tanker carrying 53 million gallons of oil through a channel in Alaska’s Prince William Sound struck a reef and spilled about 11 million gallons of crude oil into the environment.
The oil spill killed thousands of animals in the pristine environment, devastated the salmon and herring fisheries and profoundly affected the way of life for native Alaskans in the area.
Dune Lankard is a member of the Eyak Alaska Eagle clan, an environmental activist and a life long resident of Cordova, Alaska — one of the communities most affected by the oil spill.
He says the Exxon-Valdez oil spill’s economic, cultural and psychological toll was enormous for his people.
“It was more than just an oil spill,” Lankard told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “We had an Alaskan dream, and that dream was intact for several thousands of years. And our relationship was with…
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