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Environment Ministry Colludes to Get Exxon Valdez Beached

Written By Krishna on Friday, August 17, 2012 | 11:44 AM

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The Exxon Valdez has run aground, again.

In 1989, the supertanker was piloted onto an Alaskan reef, sending more than forty-one million litres of crude oil spilling into Prince William sound. It was one of the worst environmental disasters in American history.

But that didn't mark the end of the Exxon Valdez. The ship limped on, under different names, until last year, when it was sold for scrap to an Indian ship-breaking company.

That's when Gopal Krishna intervened. Mr, Krishna and his organization, Toxic Watch Alliance, took the company to court. They warned that hazardous materials on the ship would put Indian workers and the Indian environment at risk.

Last month, the Indian Supreme Court dismissed those concerns. And earlier this week, the former Exxon Valdez was driven onto one of India's most notorious beaches.

We reached Gopal Krishna in New Delhi.
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