Oil spills by the numbers — the devastation of the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills

By Susan Lyon, Daniel J. Weiss

The BP Gulf Coast rig explosion is a horrible human, economic, and environmental disaster. The death of 11 employees is tragic. The spill could devastate the Gulf Coast commercial and sport fishing industries for years to come. Louisiana’s seafood industry alone is worth $2 billion annually.

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