Oil Spill timeline

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    On March 24, 1989 the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling an estimated 11 million gallons... Read more

  • Iraqi Forces Cause the Gulf War Oil Spill

    On January 21, 1991, Iraqi forces opened valves at the Sea Island oil terminal and dumped oil from several tankers into the Persian Gulf. The... Read more

  • Prestige Oil Spill

    The oil spill from the tanker Prestige, which sank off Spain in November 2002, has been far worse than previously claimed, the Spanish government... Read more