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Daily Trivia – 4/20/11

Question: On Growing Pains, what was the name of the baby born into the “Seaver” clan?

Last Question: What was the name of the tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil off the coast of Alaska?

Answer: Exxon Valdez

I did not realize, until this morning, that it was one year ago today that the BP oil spill disaster began, with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
By comparison, the Exxon Valdez seems more like getting a little oil in your driveway. But, it was a disaster, nonetheless.

The Exxon Valdez was an oil tanker headed from Alaska to Long Beach, California. The ship’s captain, Joe Hazelwood left a couple of men at the helm even though they did not get their mandatory 6 hours off duty before their 12 hour watch. The ship was on autopilot when it struck the Bligh Reef at around 12:04 a.m. March 24, 1989.

About 11 million gallons of oil were spilled into the Prince William Sound. Then the cleanup began. Just as BP was criticized for their slow response last year, Exxon was also criticized for its slow response.
Wildlife was severely affected by the spill. Who could forget the images of the birds all covered in oil? Seals, sea otters, and whales were also affected.

Litigation was held, and Exxon was sued for $287 million for actual damages and $5 billion for punitive damages. Joe Hazelwood was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge of oil, fined $50,000, and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service.