Exxon Valdez Oil Spill | Exxon Valdez Spill Profile

‘Exxon Valdez’ oil spill occurs after oil tanker is struck by reef; considered the most devastating human-caused environmental disaster; leak of 11 million US galons of oil; immense wildlife death toll; local fishing industry irreparably damaged; Exxon widely criticized for its slow clean-up response – $500 million in punitive damages.