Lessons Learned from the Exxon Valdez

Tom Gillette

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On March 24, 1989, Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, CA, struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska at 12:04 a.m. local time, and spilled 260,000 barrels of crude oil in the first couple tides. Many consider it to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters in history. The Valdez spill was the largest ever in US waters in terms of volume released until 2010, with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Tom Gillette

Tom Gillette was the Exxon Shipping Company External Affairs Manager at the time of the spill, and thereafter acted as a litigation consultant. He will be sharing the lessons to be learned from the circumstances surrounding the grounding, and its subsequent events. He will also be presenting original investigation documentation and damage assessments, along with updates on her repairs and reassignments.

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