Alaska’s worst oil spill was on March 24, 1989 at Prince William Sound. The tanker Exxon Valdez hit an undersea reef, spilling about 260,000 barrels of oil into the sea in the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Another large spill occurred in March 2006 at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. More than 5,000 barrels of oil spilled onshore on Alaska’s North Slope due to a leak in a pipeline owned by BP.
The Exxon Valdez spilled an estimated minimum 10.8 million US gallons of crude oil. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human caused environmental disasters ever to occur in history. The amount of spilt oil covered 1,300 square miles of ocean. Thousands of animals died immediately include between 100,000 – 250,000 seabirds, at least 2,800 sea otters, 12 river otters, 22 orcas, as well as billions of salmon and herring eggs
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