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EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL
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What happened? In March 24 th , 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil spill happened in Prince William Sound, Alaska after it hitting the Bligh Reef at 12:04 AM. The ship carried 54.1 million gallons of oil and 10.8 million gallons spilt in the Prince William Sound. This caused one of the major oil spills in history in an area that was the habitat of salmons, seals and seabirds.
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Why did it happen? At first the ship was guided by the ship master Joseph Hazelwood. He was careful to maneuver around icebergs. After 11pm he then left the ship in charge of Third Mate Gregory Cousins and Able
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Unformatted text preview: Seaman Robert Kagan, who had not been given their 6 hours off duty before their 12-hours duty began The ship was in autopilot when the accident happened. Cleanup measures First a private company applied dispersant using an helicopter, but that was discontinued because there werent enough wave action to mix it with the water Also, some trial explosions were made, to transform the oil into removable residue, but because of the weather they stopped the burnings. Exxon also sent mechanical cleanup shortly afterwards. Environmental Consequences...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENGR 112 taught by Professor V during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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