The exxon valdez oil spill occurred in prince william sound alaska march 24 1989 when 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 260000 bbl or 37000 metric tonnes of crude oil over the next few days. Exxon valdez oil spill workers and maxi barge hose beach after corexit test on quayle beach smith lsland in prince william sound alaska us on 7 august 1989. 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 . Perhaps the most notorious man made environmental disaster in american history until recently the 1989 exxon valdez oil spill devastated the alaskan coast
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