Exxon Valdez Anniversary

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

The nation's largest oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez, was carrying more than 1.2 million barrels of crude oil when a spill took place in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The tanker captain stepped away from the helm, leaving an uncertified third mate to man the ship. The captain was later dismissed because he had high levels of blood alcohol, but
never served any jail time. The spill covered nearly 40 miles while Exxon waited two to three days after the accident to take action to contain the disaster.


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  • by jojo Location: Tally on Mar 24, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    Do a good job, here are the details: Exxon Valdez was the original name (later Sea River Mediterranean and eventually Mediterranean) of an oil tanker owned by the former Exxon Corporation. It gained widespread infamy after the March 24, 1989 oil spill in which the tanker, bound for Washington, USA, captained by Joseph Hazelwood, hit Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled an estimated 11 million gallons (42 megalitres) of crude oil. This has been recorded as one of the largest spills in U.S. history and one of the largest ecological disasters.
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