Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill by Riki OttIn the early 1970s, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens promised Cordova fishermen not one drop of oil would be spilled in Prince William Sound from proposed tanker traffic and the trans-Alaska pipeline project. Fishermen knew better. Spanning nearly 40 years, Not One Drop is an extraordinary tale of ordinary people who take on the worlds richest oil companies and most powerful politicians to protect Prince William Sound from oil accidents.Author Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon fishermaam and PhD marine biologist, describes the firsthand impact of this broken promise when the Exxon Valdez oil spill decimated Cordova, Alaska, a small commercial fishing community set in 38,000 square miles of rugged Alaska wilderness.Ott illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industrys 20-year trail of pollution and deception that lead to the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community for the next 10 years. In vivid detail, she describes the human trauma coupled inextricably with that of the Sounds wildlife and its struggle to recover.Contrasting hard-won spill prevention and response measures in the Sound to dangerous conditions on the trans-Alaska pipeline, Ott critically examines shifts in scientific understanding of oil spill effects on communities and ecosystems, exposing fundamental flaws in governance and the legal system. Her varied background, professional training, and activist heart lead readers confidently and clearly through the maze of laws, back-story, and government red tape as large as that of the five billion dollar lawsuit itself, instilling a new-found sense of understanding of this environmental tragedy.
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Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, it dumped tens of millions of gallons of oil into the bay, marring the Alaskan coastline, destroying natural habitats, and plunging the residents of Cordova, Alaska, into a grueling and demoralizing decades-long court battle with one of the largest corporations on Earth. In Not One Drop , you write that the damages caused by the oil spill was far more toxic than the obvious damage to the environment and the local economy. Can you elaborate? The truth is that Cordova gutted itself after the spill, especially after our fish runs collapsed in and The stress manifested itself in all manner of horrible things, including substance abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, depression, PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder], isolation, divorce and suicide.
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Chelsea Green Publishing — Nov. On a broader level, the book also makes yet another compelling case for weaning off fossil fuels. In making this case, Ott does more than simply invoke the threat of future catastrophic oil spills. Further, she highlights new studies suggesting that insidious carbon emissions from our tailpipes and power plants have long been contributing to a broad range of health problems. In short, her argument for getting off oil is a powerful one of unusual scope, even if it is rightly subordinated to the story of Cordova. Ott is a marine biologist by training, and her dream had always been to write books about science intended for the general population.