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It's been 25-years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the coast of Alaska

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Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska creating the largest oil spill in U. S. history at the time.

The oil tanker spilled more than 11-million gallons of crude oil into Prince William sound.

The oil spread across 13-hundred miles of shoreline, covering 3-thousand square miles.

Hundreds of thousands of birds and animals were affected by the environmental disaster.

A federal judge ordered Exxon to pay six-point-seven-five billion dollars in punitive damages to thousands of fishermen and others.

That's on top of the three billion Exxon had already spent on clean-up, settlements and other fees and penalties.

The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is now the largest in U. S. history.

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