On April 13, 1989, 8-year-old Kelli Middlestead wrote the following letter to Walter Stieglitz, then Regional Director of the Alaska Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
April 13, 1989
I am very sorry but I am very mad about the oil spill. It is killing nature. And it is killing the sea otters.
It makes me very sad because my class is doing a report on sea otters. And sea otters are cute, sea otters are an endangered species. Please clean up the oil spill.
Mrs. Ashley - 2nd grade