What happened at the Exxon Valdez disaster?



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    On March 24, 1989, a 987-foot Exxon oil tanker (the Valdez) hit Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The oil spread for thousands of square miles in the water, and washed up on hundreds of feet of beaches. It was a massive spill in one of the more pristine areas of the world, and was the largest American spill until this year’s BP disaster. It also cost Exxon billions of dollars in clean-up costs, settlement money, and government fees.

    The captain of the Valdez had irresponsibly turned the ship over the third mate for the night. The third mate was, unfortunately, not certified to pilot the Valdez. This bad judgment led to a huge environmental catastrophe. Tens of thousands of birds were found dead or dying during the clean-up effort, and the Prince William Sound still hasn’t completely healed. (http://www.boisestate.edu/history/ncasner/hy210/valdez.htm)

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    I found an article explaining everything you want to know about the spill. Click the link. 

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