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Why is the Exxon Valdez a significant disaster?
The Exxon Valdez accident had significant environmental impacts. The spill, which released 11 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound in Alaska , affected 1,300 miles of shoreline. There were cleanup efforts for four consecutive summers, when the efforts were stopped. Not all of the beaches were cleaned, and some beaches remain oiled today. At the height of the cleanup efforts, there were 10,000 workers, 1,000 boats, and 100 planes working. Many different techniques for cleanup were tried, including hot water treatment, high pressure treatment, mechanical removal, bioremediation, and chemical agents. Some of these cleanup efforts, which cost Exxon $2.1 billion, were discontinued because they were having other harmful effects on organisms in the environment. Countless animals and organisms were killed or harmed by the oil spill. This spill had many economic and environmental impacts. The spill harmed local economies because fishing was drastically limited, fishing and recreation reduced, and the tourism industry of Alaska was significantly impacted. The many animals that were killed or injured also affected different industries in and around the Prince William Sound. The many ecological benefits these organisms provided helped a variety of ecosystems to flourish, and in turn helped to sustain the fishing, recreation, and tourism economies. That so many animals and plants were killed meant the overall productivity of the Prince William Sound was reduced, and the environmental impacts of destructive oil were extensive. Not only did the spill cause an initial reduction in the animal populations and Sound's productivity, but the effects of the spill lingered for many years. The populations of many different animals and plants were harmed by the spill and it has taken many years for these populations to recover. The Exxon Valdez oil spill was tragic because of the initial loss of marine and terrestrial life, but the many economic and environmental effects were just as devastating.
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Answer The Food Web was altered completely because it oiled ducks and plankton and birds. So the spill affected the plankton which affected the fish and the birds. Thou…sands of species of animals died out. Bears, Birds, Fish, Plankton, Ducks. The spill is still affecting the ecosystem today. A government estimate showed that only about 14% of the oil was cleaned up.
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The current estimate is between 114 million and 144 million liters (about 800,000 barrels). This number is far beyond the hopelessly optimistic number put forth by Exxon, who …gave a "low-ball" estimate of about 10.8 gallons. This number, unfortunately, is still reported in the press but two independent investigations have found the estimate erroneous in the extreme.
The captain was meant to be 'Captain Hazelwood', however, he got drunk at a club call the 'Pipeline Club'. therefore, he put a inexperienced third mate in charge. about tw…o hours later, the ship reached some sea coral and crashed as the sea was shallow at this point. the force was so big that the coral ripped open the oil tanker and about 11million gallons of oil was leaked out into the sea. You could blame it on Exxon, and the captain.
They are considered some of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history.
The Exxon Valdez (now Dong Fang Ocean) is larger than the Titanic. The Valdez has a length of 987.5 ft, a beam of 166.24 ft, and a draft of 64.63 ft. Contrast that with the …Titanic with a length of 882.75 ft., a beam of 92 ft., and a draft of 34.6 ft.
Because the spill impacted 1,300 miles, it took the Exxon Valdez Company four summers to clean up the spill. Some oil may still remain on the beaches. It took 10,000 workers, …1,000 boats, 100 airplanes, and the Navy, Army, and Air Force to clean up the spill. Exxon spent about $2.1 billion for the clean up.
The Exxon Valdez ran aground on the Bligh Reef. The ships collision radar was broken and not turned on at the time (had it been on the ship would not have hit the reef). The s…hip was also outside normal shipping lanes to avoid icebergs that were thought to be in the area.
The ship ran aground on to the Bligh Reef. The third mate was piloting the ship at the time outside of the normal shipping lanes due to the presence of icebergs in the area. A…t the time of the accident the ship collison avoidance radar was not working and turned off, had it been on it would have detected the upcoming reef.
In 1989 the ship Exxon Valdez ran aground near Alaska An environmental disaster occurred because the ship split what?
Oil spill, Prince William Sound, Al.
The ship was out of the shipping lanes and ran aground on Bligh's Reef in Prince William Sound. It did not sink and is still in service today as an ore carrier. The name of th…e Exxon Valdez was changed to SeaRiver Mediterranean. It was later renamed "Oriental Nicety".
On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez, en route from Valdez, Alaska to Los Angeles, California, ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
The Captain of the Exxon Valdez (Capt. Joseph Hazelwood) was never found to be drunk while on board the ship. He was not on duty when the ship ran aground either. That is a tw…isting of the facts at hand. Actual issues were that the Third mate ( Gregory Cousins) failed to navigate through the Bligh Reef. Able Seaman Robert Kagan was at the helm. Both were legal and capable seamen. Contributing factors to this horrible spill were Exxon's failure to repair Sonar equipment, and possible over work of the Third Mate. Joseph Hazelwood was found at his home drunk that night. After creating the terrible events of that day, I am not sure I would not have had a drink myself!
The Exxon Valdez happened over a series of disasters the radar didn't work the ship was on auto pilot and the captain hired some one who didn't know how to drive the ship and …put them in charge and it spil. The above answer has problems. The radar was fine. Radar is used to see weather and oncoming traffic. Sonar is used to measure depth. This was required to navigate shallow waters and did not function. Another issue was the single hull system that was used to build the ship. Basically it is a very large single tank. The slightest hit to the hull and all of the oil would spill. A safer practice would be to have the ship with a protective inner tank so it would require a harder hit to cause a spill. Multiple tanks also reduce oil flow if the system is compromised. The Captain, despite many rumors, was not found to be drunk at the time of the accident. He was not even on the bridge. The third mate and helmsman were in charge of the ship at the time of the hit. The individuals that were in charge of the bridge during the hit were legal and competent to have been in charge, The Captain is not in charge of hiring the crew.