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Red Light to Starboard

Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster

Angela M. Day

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Incorporating national and historical context as well as a local fisherman’s perspective, Red Light to Starboard depicts the catastrophe that stunned the world and devastated a spectacular, fragile ecosystem and its bordering communities.

Red Light to Starboard depicts the catastrophe that stunned the world and devastated a spectacular, fragile ecosystem and its bordering communities.

2015 Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction, Western Writers of America
2015 Outstanding University Press Title, American Library Association

2014 Finalist, IndieFAB History and IndieFAB Ecology & Environment, Foreword Magazine

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Description

Minutes before supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, before rocks ripped a huge hole in her hull and a geyser of crude oil darkened the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, the ship’s lookout burst through the chart room door. “That light, sir, it’s still on the starboard side. It should be to port, sir.” Her frantic words were merely the last in a litany of futile warnings.

The parade of ultimately unkept promises began the next day. President Frank Iarossi pronounced that the Exxon Shipping Company had “assumed full financial responsibility.” A week later, Alaska Governor Steve Cowper spoke at the Valdez Civic Center. “We don’t want anybody to think that they have to hire a lawyer and go into federal court and sue the largest corporation in America.”

Valdez native Bobby Day flew over the spill and realized his livelihood was in jeopardy. He struggled with feelings of betrayal and guilt and later, the tensions of a divided community. His intimate story lends a local perspective and conveys the damage inflicted upon individuals and the fishing industry.

In the end, lengthy investigations revealed cover ups, reckless management, numerous safety violations, and a broken regulatory process. Lawmakers aligned with businesses rather than citizens, and fishermen spent nearly twenty years in litigation. Despite a massive cleanup effort, oil remains on the beaches and continues to impact marine life.

Red Light to Starboard documents a story that stunned the world, recounts regional and national history, and explains how oil titans came to be entrusted with a spectacular, fragile ecosystem. It discusses the disaster’s environmental consequences as well as failed governmental and public policy decisions, and tracks changes that, through opportunities for citizen input and oversight, offer hope for the future.

Photographs / map / index / 272 pages (2014)

Recognition

2015 Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction, Western Writers of America
2015 Outstanding University Press Title, American Library Association

2014 Finalist, IndieFAB History and IndieFAB Ecology & Environment, Foreword Magazine

Red Light to Starboard explores how and why the Valdez crash, a rock thrown into the ecological-social pool, rippled into an ever-widening disaster, one still impacting the local environment and inhabitants — one of them Day’s fisherman husband, whose personal narrative helps to frame and anchor her study.”—Steve King, Barnes & Noble Review, Daybook column

“Angela Day has done a meticulous job of teasing out the appalling string of lax standards, safety violations, coverups, corporate malfeasance and bureaucratic bungles that contributed to the accident in the first place and compounded the damage that remains. .”—Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bellingham Herald

“Day is superb at weaving together political and business conflicts pertaining to oil spills and personal stories of those who live in areas in danger of spills.”—John Senger, ForeWord Magazine

“A work of love and thorough investigative journalism, delivered with the objectivity of a seasoned analyst.”—John Senger, ForeWord Magazine

Additional information

Dimensions 9 x 6 in
Format

eBook, Paperback