EXXON VALDEZ PHOTOS: 20 Years On, Spilled Oil Remains

PHOTOS: Exxon Valdez Oil Still Damaging Environment
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Of the 11 million gallons of crude oil that bled from the stranded tanker Exxon Valdez (pictured on April 9, 1989) on the night of March 23, 1989, more than 21,000 (79,500 liters) remain, experts said in March 2009.

The disaster inspired the 1990 U.S. Oil Pollution Act, which, among other measures, requires that by 2020 all oil tankers like the Exxon Valdez have double hulls—a layer of protection that may prevent oil spills.

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