The exxon valdez oil spill occurred in prince william sound alaska march 24 1989 when the exxon valdez an oil tanker owned by exxon shipping company bound for long beach california struck prince william sounds bligh reef 15 mi 24 km west of tatitlek alaska at 1204 am and spilled 108 million us gallons 257000 bbl or 37000 tonnes of crude oil over the next few days. Ironically the worst environmental disaster in history was an oil spill that doesnt even rank among the top 50 largest oil spills source lovgrenyet the exxon valdez oil spill is widely considered to be the most disastrous oil spill in the world in terms of its environmental impact source exxonthe 11 million gallons or 257000 barrels of oil that eventually escaped from the tankers . The exxon valdez oil spill is termed as one of the worst human caused disaster in the history of maritime history exxon valdez an oil tanker spilled thousands of tonnes of oil in the waters of alaska both environment and millions of birds and animals were almost destroyed by the oil spill the following article will describe as to when and how the accident took place and what were its . Shortly after midnight on march 24 1989 in a tragic accident deeply regretted by the company the exxon valdez supertanker ran aground in alaskas prince william sound despite the efforts undertaken to stabilize the vessel and prevent further spillage of oil more than 250000 barrels of oil were lost in just a short period of time
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