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The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill



This case was written by Jaya D. Sangtani, under the direction of Vivek Gupta, ICFAI Center for
Management Research (ICMR). It was compiled from published sources, and is intended to be used as a basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a management situation.  2005, ICFAI Center for Management Research. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, used in a spreadsheet, or transmitted in any form or by any means- electronic or mechanical, without permission.
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“ExxonMobil’s tactics are well-known, and this is a classic case of deny, dupe, and delay. Just as it denies the science on climate change, it denies that oil from the spill is causing damage in the
Prince William Sound. And on both issues it is running campaigns to dupe the public into thinking it is an environmentally and socially responsible corporation.”1
- Anita Goldsmith, Greenpeace International Campaigner.
“Exxon would meet its obligations to all those who have suffered damage from the spill.”2



Lawrence Rawls, Chairman, Exxon.





On March 24, 1989, one of the worst ever environmental disasters occurred in the US. Exxon3 owned oil tanker – Exxon Valdez (EV) spilled 11 mn gallons of crude oil into Prince William
Sound (PWS).4 The oil spilled over 1500 miles of the Alaska coastline and affected many islands in PWS (Refer Exhibit I for the map of the…...

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