Both Were Affected by Infamous Oil Spills
Although the BP oil rig explosion that prompted thousands of gallons to spew unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico never reached Alabama's coast lines en masse, in many ways it was still disastrous -- hurting the state's tourist trade, fishing industries and more.
In 1989, an oil spill from the Exxon Valdez tanker treading Alaskan waters caused far-reaching damage to coastal lands and waters, something many recalled during the recent environmental plight along Alabama's shores. Unfortunately, some Alaskan beaches remain oiled today -- despite four summers of clean-up efforts and more than two decades of time passage. Kind of makes us want to vacation in Alabama and order the bass blue-plate special while we're there. Just to do our part.