Watch as cleanup crews return to the bays and islands of Prince William Sound, Alaska in this video adapted from KTOO. Before the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill, Sleepy Bay, near the village of Chenega Bay, had been used for subsistence living by Alaska Native peoples. Despite cleanup efforts, oil residue remains stuck between and beneath rocks. A crew also visits a tidal lagoon where, even after 10 years, oil residue remained imbedded on the beach. A crewmember concludes that, while the area was beginning to revive, it would be generations or longer before it returned to its pre-spill state.
This media asset was adapted from Deliverance From Oil: Ten Years in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez by KTOO.