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Exxon’s Oil to Tennessee’s Coal

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Top: Aftermath of a coal fly ash spill in Tennessee. Bottom: Otters covered in oil leftover from the Exxon Valdez spill.  Source:  Top: planetsave.com. Bottom: www.mcclatchydc.com

Top: Aftermath of a coal fly ash spill in Tennessee. Bottom: Otters covered in oil leftover from the Exxon Valdez spill. Source: Top: planetsave.com. Bottom: www.mcclatchydc.com

It’s been 20 years since the Exxon Valdez crashed in the Prince William Sound and spilled more than ten million gallons of oil into Alaska’s waters and shores. It was one of the largest man-made ecological disasters in history, and the effects are still being felt today. On this edition, we hear from Alaskans who saw their homes forever altered, and have been fighting Exxon in court ever since. And we’ll go to Tennessee, where a 2008 coal sludge flood is being called the new Exxon Valdez.

Featuring:

Dune Lankard, co-founder of the Resisting Environmental Degradation of Indigenous Lands Network co-founder; Dr. Shea Tuberty, Appalachian State University biology professor; Penny Dodson, Tennessee nurse; Dennis Ferguson, Tennessee State representative; Mary Maston, attorney and Tennessee Environmental Council board member; Riki Ott, Exxon Valdez survivor and environmentalist.

Making Contact Staff:
Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Radio Producer and Online Editor: Pauline Bartolone
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Production Coordinator: Elena Botkin-Levy
Interns: Asma Mohseni, Megan Martenyi, Ron Rucker, Dan Turner, Patti Restaino, Rita Daniels

Special thanks to Reference Media Group for recording this audio at the 2008 Bioneers Conference in San Rafael Conference. And to Sarah Mollner at KWVA radio in Eugene Oregon and to Watauga Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby.

For More Information:

Shea R. Tuberty, PhD
Appalachian State University – Boone, NC

Eyak Preservation Council – Cordova, AK

Rep. Dennis Ferguson – Harriman, TN

Riki Ott

Tennessee Environmental Council

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Watauga Riverkeeper – Boone, NC

Additional Information:

Tennessee Clean Water Network

Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network

20 years out, Alaska’s social and physical environment still reeling from Exxon Valdez disaster

Before and after video of Coal Ash Spill

Exxon Valdez Survivor to Tennessee Coal Sludge Victims: Get Everything In Writing, by Riki Ott

Music by:

Phillip Charette

Author: Radio Project

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