PHOTOS: Decades of Exxon oil spills & explosions

by Cassady Craighill

April 3, 2013

A heavily oiled loon found dead in Kenai Fjords, Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster.

© Ken Graham / Greenpeace

After the March 29 Exxon pipeline spill in Arkansas, the state’s attorney general announced Tuesday that it would launch an investigation of the spill and its impacts. We’ve collected photos from our archive from past Exxon spills-a grim reminder that spills happen far too often.

Based on a law more than 30 years old, Exxon is not required to pay into the federal oil spill response fund since their pipeline was carrying crude from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada. The tar sands is diluted bitumen and technically not classified as oil so companies transporting it in pipelines do not have to pay into the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

This leaves us wondering who would pay for a certain Keystone pipeline spill?

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A heavily oiled loon found dead in Kenai Fjords, Alaska after the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster.


15 years after Exxon Valdez spill, oil on the hands of Dr. Rick Steiner, Marine Biologist, University of Alaska


Workers surround houses in Mayflower, Arkansas, in an attempt to clean up a March 2013 oil spill from Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline

Smoke pours from an Exxon Oil Refinery after an explosion in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1989

Dead otter, loon, and other crude-oil covered animals decompose on the shore after the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster.

A 2011 Exxon spill spilled more than 40,000 gallons of oil into the scenic Yellowstone River

Survey of Exxon Valdez oil spill pollution in Prince William Sound a year after spill.

A barge exploded at a Exxon Mobil fuel loading dock near Staten Island in 2003

Oil booms are visible in the water alongside Interstate 40 near Mayflower, Arkansas after the Pegasus pipeline spill on March 29, 2013

Oil sheen visible from Valdez spill

See more photos of Exxon’s Arkansas spill here.

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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