Past Episodes

Valdez Truth [Part II]

Speech Dr. Riki Ott April 26 06 Vancouver. Lasting impacts, Exxon coverup, dangers of tanker traffic and toxicity of oil.

20 MB 22 min Part II


Marine oil pollution expert Riki Ott, PhD, was on the scene before, during, and after one of the biggest environmental disasters in the United States—the Exxon Valdez oil spill. A former commercial salmon “fisherma’am” in Prince William Sound, she experienced firsthand the spill’s effects, including environmental devastation, economic losses to the fishing industry, and psychosocial trauma to the close-knit community. 1993’s spill-related salmon- and herring-population collapses prompted Ott to retire from fishing and found three nonprofit organizations to deal with the area’s lingering social, economic, and environmental harm. A popular and dynamic lecturer, her talks weave the legacy of the Exxon Valdez spill into current issues of public health, environmental pollution, and our energy future—and inspire individuals to take action.

Riki Ott's website
Audio Souce: Radio Ecoshock