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Oil Spills, Betrayal, and Courage: Riki Ott’s Not One Drop
Posted By dpacheco On May 27, 2010 @ 2:48 pm In Nature & Environment, Politics & Social Justice | No Comments
It’s hard not to feel helpless, frustrated anger over the rapidly spreading oil leak in the Gulf Coast. For marine toxicologist and author  Riki Ott, it brings to mind the tragedy she experienced firsthand when, in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, dumping tens of millions of gallons of oil and causing an environmental catastrophe from which the environment and the people of Cordova, Alaska are still recovering.
In her book, Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and PhD marine biologist, describes firsthand the impacts of oil companies’ broken promises when the Exxon Valdez spills most of its cargo and despoils thousands of miles of shore. Ott illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industry’s 20-year trail of pollution and deception that predated the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community of Cordova over the following 19 years. In vivid detail, she describes the human trauma coupled inextricably with that of the sound’s wildlife and its long road to recovery.
Ott critically examines shifts in scientific understanding of oil-spill effects on ecosystems and communities, exposes fundamental flaws in governance and the legal system, and contrasts hard won spill-prevention and spill-response measures in the sound to dangerous conditions on the Alaska pipeline. Her human story, varied background, professional training, and activist heart lead readers to the root of the problem: a clash of human rights and corporate power embedded in law and small-town life.
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Some fishermen who have been hired by BP to clean up the gulf oil spill say they have become ill after working long hours near waters fouled with oil and dispersant, prompting a Louisiana lawmaker to call on the federal government to open mobile clinics in rural areas to treat them.
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 Riki Ott: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/riki_ott
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 Read the whole article here.: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-oil-workers-sick-20100526,0,4604887.story