The spill that forever altered the Prince William Sound (aka Exxon Valdez) — Mistakes Were Made

On March 23, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker left the port of Valdez, Alaska, bound for Long Beach, California. The ship contained 53 million gallons of crude oil. Shortly after midnight, the ship struck the Bligh Reef, a well-known navigation hazard in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.