FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Exxon Valdez oil tanker has been sold for scrap.Day 2 Of The State Fair Of Texas Brings Visitors Fun, Football & Fried Food
The ship, which caused the worst oil tanker spill in American history, has changed names and owners four times since the accident in 1989.
It’s currently called the Oriental Nicety. The scrap buyer paid about $16 million for it.READ MORE: No Injuries Reported After Propane Tank Explosion At Texas Motor Speedway
The Exxon Valdez oil spill led to changes in the laws governing oil tankers, requiring them to have double hulls. 11 million gallons of oil spilled from the tanker when it ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
Today it’s the second-largest oil spill in U.S. history, after 2010’s BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.MORE NEWS: Officials: 2 Missing Texas Kids Found Alive After Being Kidnapped By Registered Sex Offender
Irving-based Exxon Mobil, which owned the ship at the time of the spill, spent $3.8 billion on cleanup.