Exxon Valdez

At 12:04 a.m. on March 23, 1988, the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, near Valdez, Alaska. This was the 28th trip that the Exxon Valdez had made to this particular area. It was, and still remains, the largest oil spill in American history. More than 1,900 km of Alaskan coastline was affected. The actual size of the spill is still debated. Exxon initially reported the spill as 10.8 million gal, but others have challenged that figure and have estimated the spill at approximately 35 million gal. Other large oil spills include the Ixtoc-1 blowout off the Mexican coast (1978: about 400 million gal); the tanker Amoco Cadiz off Brittany, France (1978: 69 million gal); and the tanker Torrey Canyon off the English coast ...

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