The current emergency obviously raises questions about safeguards and supervision, and it remains to be seen whether, in the aftermath, there is a responsible and effective response to the calamitous events yet unfolding. Dr Riki Ott (Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$), a marine biologist and former commercial fisherman who lived in the Alaska environs affected by the earlier catastrophe, has written Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Chelsea Green), whose title suggests a less than satisfactory resolution to to the nation’s largest oil spill.
This book tells the history of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the events leading up to it and away from it from the point of view of the town arguably most affected by this slice of history: Cordova, Alaska. Not surprisingly, the story believed, embraced, and perpetuated by ordinary people is at odds with the corporate lorethe dominant story of these events. Like Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States, this book reflects events from the trenches, not the corporate board rooms, from the people who write an overly large share of the risk of our society’s oil dependency, not from those who reap an overlarge portion of the benefits from it.