- The commitments when they lobbied for the building of the Trans Alaska Pipeline that 'not one drop' of oil would be spilled in Prince William Sound or along the coast were complete lies
- The ship was sent out under the command of an alcoholic captain
- The company was completely unprepared to do any sort of clean-up
- The Exxon spokesperson in Alaska lied to the people that Exxon would 'make them whole'; the community was devastated financially and never compensatedfor their losses
- The clean-up workers who were sent - basically to show that something was being done - were exposed to toxic materials in the clean-up and have suffered severe medical problems with no compensation
- Prince William Sounds was environmentally ruined, the rocks are still polluted 20 years later and the herring fishery never recovered
- Exxon dragged on litigation for many years with multiple appeals. After being judged liable for billions of dollars of damages in three lower courts, Exxon was finally fined a mere $508M dollars by the Supreme Court. This amounted to four days profit for the company, not exactly a deterrent for other companies.
The other 'star' was the Prince William Sound itself, with much footage of the fantastically beautiful locale.