Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

In 1989

About Exxon Valdez

The date was March 24 1989. On its way to Las Angeles from Valdez, Alaska, the Exxon Valdez was carrying oil. The boat took a different route than usual to avoid ice, but within 6 hours the boat lost about 10.9 million gallons of its 53 million gallon cargo of Prudhoe Bay crude oil. This was the largest amount of oil that spilled into American water.

Posibilities Of How It Spilled

- It could've hit an iceberg.

- It could have had something to do with weather.

How Much Oil Remians

Scientists surveyed 96 sites or 8000 miles of coastline that still has a bit of oil.

Who Crashed It

His name was Joseph Hazelwood. People said that he was under the influence of alcohol. He was accused of being intoxicated which contributed to the disaster, but he was cleared of this charge in 1990. Hazelwood was still convicted and fined $50000.