Justin Pidot *

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef.[1] Over the next five hours, the incapacitated vessel spilled more than ten million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, and some of that oil remains in the environment to this day.[2]

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* Assistant Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law. I would like to thank Amanda Leiter, Nancy Leong, Lisa Grow Sun, and Annecoos Wiersema for their help with this article and the University of Richmond Law Review for inviting me to participate in the 2013 Allen Chair Symposium.

        [1].    Stephen Raucher, Raising the Stakes for Environmental Polluters: The Exxon Valdez Criminal Prosecution, 19 Ecology L.Q. 147, 147 (1992).

        [2].    Amy J. Wildermuth, The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez: How Do We Stop the Crisis?, 7 U. St. Thomas L.J. 130, 130 (2009).