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The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster


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Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, sixty-two men and women share personal stories of what they saw, how they reacted, and how they coped with North America's worst tanker oil spill. Their anger and anguish had receded from view like oil seeping into rocky crevices on the beaches of Prince William Sound, but the terrible memories were never far from the surface. The stories tell of a shockingly slow response, the struggle to save the stricken tanker, the often heroic but largely futile efforts to limit the spread of oil and clean the beaches, a heart-breaking loss of fish and wildlife, a crippling blow to the commercial fishing industry, a public relations fiasco, a lingering human toll, and a loss of innocence among Alaskans who believed this spill would never happen. Reliving their experiences are fishermen, Native villagers, biologists, environmentalists, sociologists, Exxon executives, the governor, mayors, journalists, workers who washed oily rocks-even the skipper of the ill-fated ship.

About the Author

Sharon Bushell is the author of the two-volume oral history, "We Alaskans - Stories of People Who Helped Build the Great Land," as well as the Bernie Jones children's book series. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Award, the Alaska Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities, and the James Patterson Page-Turner Award. She lives in Homer, Alaska, with her husband John Bushell.

Stan Jones is director of external affairs for the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council. Earlier in his career, he was a radio and newspaper journalist, winning the Alaska Press Club Public Service Award, the George Polk Award and, twice, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. His reporting on the Exxon Valdez spill for the Anchorage Daily News helped the paper win several national awards for its coverage of the disaster. He is the author of the Nathan Active mystery series, including White Sky, Black Ice; Shaman Pass; and Frozen Sun. The next book in the series, Village of the Ghost Bears, will be released in October 2009. He is also a contributor to a new Alaska state history book, Alaska Politics and Public Policy, to be published by the University of Alaska Press in 2009. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, Susan Jones.

Table of Contents

Joe Hazelwood — Mark Delozier — Rick Wade — Bill Deppe — Steve Cowper — Tom Blanchard — Steve McCall — Stan Jones — Gary Bader — Dennis Kelso — Frank Iarossi — Don Cornett — Stan Stephens — Harry Allen — Clyde Robbins — John Devens, Jr. — Otto Harrison — Joe Bridgman — Admiral Paul Yost — Steve McCall — Charles Wohlforth — Roy Robertson — Brenda Hays — Kelley Weaverling — Billy Day — John Devens, Sr. — Tom Copeland — Michelle Hahn O'Leary — Riki Ott — Larry Evanoff — Anne Castellina — Tom Kizzia — Tim Robertson — Jane Eisemann — Al Burch — Debra Nielsen — Lyle Von Bargen — Walt Parker — Jeff Short — Craig Matkin — Rick Steiner — Duane A. Gill — Patience Faulkner — Marilyn Leland — Belen And Joe Cook — Margy Johnson — Mike Webber — Kory Blake — Mead Treadwell — Scott Sterling — Joe Banta — Martha Vlasoff — Sheri Buretta — John Allen — Darrell Totemoff — Gail Evanoff — Elenore McMullen — Dennis Knagin — Stacy Studebaker — Jerome Selby — Mary Jacobs — Bob Brodie — Steve Picou — Walter Meganack, Sr. — Joe Hazelwood.

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Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez Disaster
Epicenter Press
Bushell, Sharon
Jones, Stan
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