New Internationalist

Black Wave – the legacy of the Exxon Valdez

July 2009

by Robert Cornellier

It’s been 20 years since an Exxon tanker dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s pristine Prince William Sound. This film documents the corporate chicanery and disinformation that has followed since. We see the struggle of the townspeople of Cordova, first to warn against a spill, then to get a proper clean-up, and finally to obtain reasonable compensation for their collapsed local fishery. Exxon, the world’s most profitable corporation, resists them every step of the way. Meanwhile, Alaska’s stunning scenery gives the viewer a sense of just what is at stake.

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This column was published in the July 2009 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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