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The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years After

On March 24, 1989—25 years ago today—the massive oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of oil. The FBI worked closely with state and other federal agencies to determine what happened, how it happened, and if criminally negligent behavior was involved. Today, while our role in environmental crime cases is largely a supporting one, we continue to bring valuable tools to the table to assist our partners at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard, and state and local agencies in bringing the most egregious offenders to justice.

The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years After


On March 24, 1989—25 years ago today—the massive oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons of oil. The FBI worked closely with state and other federal agencies to determine what happened, how it happened, and if criminally negligent behavior was involved.

Today, while our role in environmental crime cases is largely a supporting one, we continue to bring valuable tools to the table to assist our partners at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard, and state and local agencies in bringing the most egregious offenders to justice.

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Mar 24, 2014 11:00 AM