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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

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Scotus Exxon Valdez

In this March 26, 1989 picture, the smaller vessel Exxon Baton Rouge, left, attempts to off-load crude oil from the Exxon Valdez. Two days before, four minutes after midnight The Valdez ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William sound shortly after leaving Trans-Alaska pipeline terminal at Valdez, spilling about 11 million gallons of crude oil, causing widespread environmental damage. Within a few days, some 250,000 to 260,000 barrels of crude oil leak from the tanker, contaminating over 2,000 kms of Alaska coastline. Although three-quarters of the crude oil were recovered, it was still the largest oil spill in history.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the cause lies with a third mate who failed to properly maneuver the vessel due to fatigue and excessive workload and with the captain with alcohol problems. However, the real cause was that Valdez, like 60% of all oil tankers, has no double hull. Only 0.1 inch of steel separate these vessels from an oil spill.

Exxon financed the cleanup operations at a cost of $2.1 billion over four Arctic summers. Some 10,000 workers were hired to scrub the oil from the rocky shoreline and the wildlife. Although the original punitive damages awarded totalled $5 billion, the Supreme Court reduced it to $507.5 million last week.

Above photo, taken by Rob Stapleton for AP, shows the extent of oil spill.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

July 4, 2009 at 5:06 am

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  1. My name is Merle Savage; I was a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill beach cleanup in Alaska.
    The Google video below exposes medical issues generated from toxic chemical authorized by Exxon, in the cleanup.
    My story:
    Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Workers – Exxon’s Collateral Damage
    Exxon authorize the toxic chemicals for spraying Alaska’s oily beaches, which has caused many deaths and health complications. Survivors of the cleanup are struggling as Exxon’s Collateral Damage for 20 Years, without any compensation from Exxon.
    Little attention was given to EVOS workers who blasted Alaska’s oily beaches, and were engulfed in toxic fumes containing aerosolized crude oil—benzene and other toxic chemicals. Some of the illnesses include neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood diseases. Exxon needs to be accountable for their criminal action, just like Hazelwood. Pictures and stories below.

    Merle Savage

    July 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  2. oil spills can really mess up the environment, i hope we can find a very good solution to control oil spills *~*

    Aidan Bailey

    December 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

  3. […] Exxon Valdez Oil Spill В« Iconic Photos Jul 4, 2009 … Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. with 2 comments. Scotus Exxon Valdez. In this March 26, 1989 picture, … […]

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