Exxon Valdez

Map of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground, largest oil spill in U.S. history -- March 24, 1989

The largest oil spill in U.S. history occurs when the tanker Exxon Valdez, loaded with some 1.2 million barrels of crude oil, runs aground on a reef in the Gulf of Alaska. An estimated 265,000 barrels of oil pour out of the tanker, blanketing the waters and coastline with a thick murky film. The ship's captain, Joseph Hazelwood, is later cleared of all charges of negligence relating to the crash.

Exxon Valdez

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