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Personal stories behind Exxon Valdez spill in book ‘Red light to Starboard’

Angela Day is a University of Washington doctoral student in political science and author of the new book “Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster.” She answered a few questions about the book for UW Today.

Q: What’s the basic concept behind this book?

A: As Prince William Sound emerged from a cloak of darkness on March 24, 1989, shades of pale spring light marked the dawning of a tragic day in Alaskan and American history. Oil boiled from the bowels of the supertanker Exxon Valdez, grounded on Bligh Reef, while a fisherman, Bobby Day, readied his boat for a herring season that would never open. The book centers on his story and gives voice to the 10,000 fishermen who struggled to hold Exxon accountable in the wake of the spill. The book brings to life the personal and environmental consequences of this disaster, while tracing the regulatory and governance failures that gave rise to the spill. (more…)

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