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Oil Spills – Disaster at Sea
When an oil tanker runs aground or springs a leak, the chances of an ecological disaster are strong. The sticky black cargo spreads quickly across waters, miring beaches in oil and covering animals with sludge. According to Greenpeace, the oil from the Exxon Valdez spill spread for 600 miles, and contaminated pockets could still be found in trace amounts more than 10 years after the accident and cleanup.