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It didn’t sink

June 1, 2010

BP halts video of leaking pipe, blames dirty lens

FRANCE-VALDEZOn Thursday BP said it was making progress on plugging the ruptured well as U.S. government figures showed the disaster has eclipsed the previous worst U.S. oil spill caused by the sinking of the tanker Exxon Valdez in 1989.

Your article states that Exxon Valdez ‘sank’. This is false.

The tanker struck Bligh Reef and its cargo hold ruptured, causing the spill – but it never sank.

The ship is still in service today under another name.

F.W.

We corrected: GBU Editor

Tanker “S/R Mediterranean”, formerly named the Exxon Valdez, is seen docked in Fos-Sur-Mer’s harbor in southern France in a 2000 file photo.

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