The first thing to read in this post is an article entitled A well-designed disaster: the untold story of the Exxon Valdez. If that fails to make you physically ill, read on.
Here is an article from The Nation in 2004 entitled Whatever It Takes, detailing the actions ExxonMobil had taken up to that point in time. I was hoping to find something more current. Still though, 15 years of doing nothing is not a reason to hope that they’ve done anything in the last 3 years.
I read both of these articles in a book that is a collection of articles entitled The I Hate Corporate America Reader. There are many other great and depressing articles in that book as well.
In an attempt to find more up to date information on the status of the area affected by the spill, I came across this particular government document which, for some reason, talks a lot about money and land acquisition. Perhaps I did not read it thoroughly enough. If you find anything in it that actually talks about cleaning up the land and water and what actions have been taken and still need to be taken, please let me know. I didn’t see a single meaningful thing for the environment in the entire doc.
I have some trouble with a huge document full of legalese. However, it appears to me that this statewide water quality report from 2006 deliberately leaves out any attempt to determine the quality of the ocean waters and adjacent lands since the Valdez spill. In fact, the way I read it, they are leaving this task to the very criminals that caused the problem in the first place, ExxonMobil.
Please let me know what I am missing here. As far as I know, this issue has completely dropped off almost everyone’s radar screen. Apparently, it is cheaper to just spill oil on occasion than it is to take any action to prevent the spills, even if the actions required to prevent the spills were in the document that the company signed in order to get permission to use the area.