U.S., Alaska End Pursuit of Additional Payout Over Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

  By Victoria Cavaliere Oct 14 (Reuters) - U.S. and Alaska state officials announced on Wednesday they will no longer seek an additional $92 million from Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay for environmental cleanup and restoration stemming from the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly three decades ago. In court documents filed on Wednesday, the state of Alaska and U.S. … [Read more...]

A Final Farewell to Single-Hull Oil Tankers

By Doug Helton, NOAA Office of Response & Restoration January 1, 2015 marks a major milestone in preventing oil spills. That date is the deadline which the landmark Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) specifies for phasing out single-hull tankers in U.S. waters. That act, passed after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, required that all … [Read more...]

What Happened to the Ship Exxon Valdez After The Big Spill?

by Gary Shigenaka (NOAA) - A popular myth exists that it is bad luck to rename a boat.  It is unclear whether this applies to “boats” as big as a 987-foot-long oil tanker, but it is possible that the ship originally known as the Exxon Valdez might be used to argue that the answer is “yes.” When the Exxon Valdez was delivered to Exxon on December 11, 1986, it was the largest … [Read more...]

CNN Video: Captain Hazelwood Recreates Exxon Valdez Grounding in Maritime College Simulator

CNN's Kyra Phillips takes a close look at what went wrong on the Exxon Valdez with the ship's captain, Joseph Hazelwood. The full CNN documentary "Oil and Water: The Exxon Valdez Wreck" airs Tuesday, March 25, at 10 p.m. ET. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. For those of you who have a few hours to kill, you can read the entire NTSB Marine … [Read more...]

Two Great Videos to Watch On Today’s 25th Anniversary of The Exxon Valdez Disaster

Today marks the 25th anniversary of when the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef, rupturing the tanker's hull and spilling some 11 million gallons oil into Alaska's Prince Williams Sound in what was the worst U.S. offshore oil spill prior to the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Below is a clip of a video produced by NOAA in 2009, titled Hindsight and Foresight: 20 Years After the Exxon … [Read more...]