24 March, 2012

March 24, 1989

The Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for CA, runs aground on Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef.

This will become the worst oil spill ever in U.S. waters. A record that will last until 2010.

Press reports at the time will blame the accident on Captain Joe Hazelwood, who was drunk at the time. The press reports neglect to mention however, that while Hazelwood was drunk, he was also asleep. It was the third mate who was at the helm and ran the ship aground.

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