In 1989, a tanker ran aground off the coast of alaska, causing one of the worst oil spills in united states history nearly 25 years later, the lessons of the exxon valdez continue to resonate. Exxon valdez oil spill, massive oil spill that occurred on march 24, 1989, in prince william sound, an inlet in the gulf of alaska, alaska, us the incident happened after an exxon corporation tanker, the exxon valdez , ran aground on bligh reef during a voyage from valdez , alaska, to california. Summary the 1989 exxon valdez oil spill released millions of gallons of crude oil into prince william sound alaska it was the worst environmental disaster in alaska history, and occured in a very sensitive coastal ecosystem, magnifying damage. The exxon valdez was an oil tanker with a single hull, in the decades since the exxon valdez spill, one noaa scientist in particular, gary shigenaka, who kicked off his career working on the exxon valdez oil spill, was personally touched by this spill as well.
The exxon valdez oil spill correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the exxon valdez spill was the worst oil spill in north america until the 2010 deepwater horizon accident. Oriental nicety, formerly exxon valdez, exxon mediterranean, seariver mediterranean, s/r mediterranean, mediterranean, and dong fang ocean, was an oil tanker that gained notoriety after running aground in prince william sound spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil in alaska. 27092009 on march 23, 1989 the exxon valdez an oil supertanker operated by exxon left the port of valdez headed for long beach, ca with almost 54 million gallons of crude oil on board. A small portion of the oil from the 1989 exxon valdez spill still lingers in patches beneath prince william sound, alaska, beaches however, this and other studies suggests the remaining oil is sequestered, or buried, and currently is not posing a risk to the coastal and marine ecosystem.
Exxon valdez was the original name 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 hit prince william. Clean up of the exxon valdez spill by patrick shinnefield in march of 1989 the exxon valdez, loaded with 1,264,155 barrels of north slope crude oil ran aground on bligh reef in the northeastern portion of prince william sound. 13052015 updated: aug 3, 2010 in march 1989, the exxon valdez supertanker ran aground on bligh reef, ruptured and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into alaska's prince william sound. 24032014 the exxon valdez oil spill began when a 987-foot-long oil tanker ran aground on a reef in prince william sound, alaska the spill stood as the worst.
Exxon valdez oil spill trustee council anchorage daily news - hard aground: disaster in prince william sound on march 23, 1989 the exxon valdez an oil supertanker operated by exxon and under the command of captain joseph j hazelwood left the port of valdez headed for long beach, ca with 53,094,510 gallons of oil on board. Spill: the wreck of the exxon valdez final report, alaska oil spill commission published february 1990 by the state of alaska the following is a reprint of the text from pages 5. 28042014 the exxon valdez oil spill occurred in prince william sound, alaska, on march 24, 1989, when exxon valdez, an oil tanker bound for long beach, california, st. 23032014 marybeth holleman says 25 years after the exxon valdez oil spill, its toxic effects remain we still haven't learned its lesson: we need to stop consuming oil. Abstract the ecosystem response to the 1989 spill of oil from the exxon valdez into prince william sound, alaska, shows that current practices for assessing ecological risks of oil in the oceans and, by extension, other toxic sources should be changed.
The exxon baton rouge (smaller ship on left) attempts to offload crude oil from the exxon valdez after the valdez ran aground in prince william sound near valdez, alaska, on march 26, 1989. The exxon valdez oil spill occurred march 24, 1989 in prince william sound 250,000 barrels of crude (or 108 million gallons) were released into the gulf of alaska after the oil tanker exxon. On march 24, 1989, the tanker exxon valdez grounded on bligh reef in alaska's prince william sound, rupturing its hull and spilling nearly 11 million gallons of prudhoe bay crude oil into a remote, scenic, and biologically productive body of water prior to the 2010 deepwater horizon oil spill, it was the largest single oil spill in us coastal waters. Exxon valdez oil spill abstract in march of 1989, the exxon valdez oil tanker ran aground on bligh reef in prince william sound, alaska an eighteen foot wide hole was ripped into the hull, and 109 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean.
3 frequently asked questions about the exxon valdez oil spill opinions differ on various aspects of the oil spill information from a variety of. 21032014 the 25th anniversary of the exxon valdez oil spill comes as some us companies and other countries, notably russia, push to drill offshore for oil. The 1989 exxon valdez oil spill—which fouled the waters of prince william sound, coated more than a thousand miles of pristine coastline and killed hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, and animals—has become a symbol of human-caused environmental disasters.