She is on her way home from the Drs now. Perhaps most tellingly, sociologists came to consider Cordova a case study on how to help communities in general to work through disaster. 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. Exxon seemed to go out of its way to leave the tragedy unresolved, through two decades of legal stalling and a refusal to accept liability for a punitive award that would truly make Cordovans whole. Not One Drop is an extraordinary tale of ordinary lives ripped apart by disaster and of community healing through building relationships of trust. Does stealing outweigh the destruction of human lives, cultural traditions, financial means, land, sea life, and other animals? We want the scientists to connect the dots between the seabirds, the marine mammals, the fish, the beaches.
And that became the final chapter of Not One Drop. She immediately fell in love with Cordova, its culture and people, and also with the wilds of pristine Prince William Sound. Chelsea Green Publishing — Nov. After just one season fishing in Prince William Sound, she's clearly in love and just as clearly heartbroken at the devastation that the spill caused - and continues to cause almost 20 years later. How can it be that we the plaintiff's of the Exxon Valdez, rate below theft? So many things wrong with this, I don't know where to begin.
Developed from interviews with townspeople, state and federal officials, and politicians, this book describes a classic case of the worst of commercialism versus the best of environmentalism, with the former aided and abetted by those with vested interests. My favorite is when she was defining a paradigm shift and was asked for an example. The themes are community values and corporate lies; the endless tussle between truth and falsehood, between good and evil. Another contingency plan was deployed. Their win, without a doubt, influenced Riki years later. She stood with the fishermen at the Supreme Court.
Author Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon fisherma'am 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. And how were we going to get our voice out in what mattered to us, which were the fish coming back. And what the scientists are saying now is they have no idea how long it will take for herring to recover. In vivid detail, she describes the human trauma coupled inextricably with that of the sound's wildlife and its long road to recovery. I also learned that for the first 40 years after the 14th Amendment passed, there were 307 lawsuits brought under it. Ott used slides, graphics, and music in her presentation, and following her remarks she responded to audience members' questions.
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 pol In 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. For the first forty years after that passed, there were 307 lawsuits brought, nineteen by African American men, the rest by corporations. During the Exxon Valdez spill, health problems among cleanup workers became so widespread, so fast, that medical doctors, among others, sounded warnings. Ott stresses that while Cordovans are definitely on the road to recovery, Exxon Valdez is still very alive for them. The idea of a 28th amendment to the constitution, to limit the influence of money in politics and return at least a little more control of the federal government to the people, is as popular in the U. Any views expressed here are her own.
Solutions for communities torn apart by the actions of others. Every day should be Earth Day - lets work on restoring and preserving this beautiful Earth we have been blessed to spend a little time on. The woman you heard question him was Cordova resident Riki Ott. There was even one high-profile case of suicide, in which the suicide note specifically mentioned the trauma of dealing with Exxon as a motivating factor. Riki Ott is a marine biologist who holds a commercial fishing license and has written two books about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Surprisingly, Riki's long-awaited book is more cheerful than I expected; she meticulously logs the catastrophe and its aftermath and hints at the sacrifices in her personal life that all this campaigning entailed , but out of the despair there is hope here--hope that a better-informed, more vigilant and more self-confident public will follow her example and challenge the corporate arrogance that continues to make so many people's lives an avoidable misery, worldwide.
It's not just about an oil spill and about its dire effects on a community of a few thousand fishing families in a remote and beautiful corner of the North Pacific; it's bigger than that. This story offers critical lessons for a society traumatized by political divides and facing the looming catastrophe of global climate change. 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 latest is Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Spill. But a living economy needs a new measure of true wealth, a measure of progress toward a sustainable future for all, grown in self-reliant communities. And, I mean, it was clear that, I mean, this was a huge spill.
And the jury decided they had to tie profit to punishment. And I decided that, yes, I did care. Most of the plaintiffs in the suit were from the small Alaskan fishing town of Cordova. Meanwhile, the herring fisheries are closed indefinitely. It's been my sometimes dreary and depressing duty to read most of them. Some people had multiple fishing permits, so salmon fishing, herring fishing, so they would have two claims. Democracy and the planet are at stake.
I would expect that any other deep water rigs would be shut down until a safe way can be determined to operate these rigs. Those with more money have more speech. The E-mail message field is required. Her expertise as an author and as a marine toxicologist alerts us to the true cost of our addiction to oil--not just monetary cost, but ecological cost. Sadly, were left to suffer and pay their own medical expenses. Developed from interviews with townspeople, state and federal officials, and politicians, this book describes a classic case of the worst of commercialism versus the best of environmentalism, with the former aided and abetted by those with vested interests.