Dr. Riki Ott "The Gulf Oil Spill: Exxon Valdez Revisited?"

Posted: Wednesday, 08 September 2010

Troy University’s Environmental Club, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring Dr. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and environmentalist to speak on Wednesday, September 22nd, 3-5:00 pm, Trojan Center Ballroom A&B.

Dr. Ott is a nationally-known author and speaker on environmental issues. She has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and is an outspoken critic of the oil industry and petroleum use in general. She was living in Alaska, running a fishing boat, when the Exxon Valdez delivered its oil to Prince William Sound.

Subject - "The Gulf Oil Spill: Exxon Valdez Revisited?"
Format: Lecture + panel discussion, reception to follow.
Why should you come to this presentation?

The Gulf Oil Spill is our modern day "Exxon Valdez", only more than an order of magnitude larger. It has had a tremendous impact on our region, occurring in a time of high unemployment and economic crises. The effect on the biology of the region is largely unknown. Yet, if similarities with the Exxon Valdez are real, they may continue for years into the future. The lack of corporate preparation for such a catastrophe was astonishing. Nonetheless, their response may be reminiscent of that of Exxon's, "we will pay all legitimate claims". Twenty-one years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, residents of Cordova, Alaska and the biota of Prince William Sound have not been made whole.

Dr. Riki Ott will put the Gulf Oil spill into historical perspective while discussing similarities with that of the Exxon Valdez disaster. She was affected directly by the previous oil spill and brings that first hand experience to us, to illuminate corporate responsibility and her fears that BP’s responses are all too similar to that of Exxon's, and that the people and biota of the Gulf region may well be left covered with oil.

Please come to the presentation and discussion and stay for some cookies.

To learn more visit Dr. Ott’s webpage http://www.rikiott.com/index.php and visit http://www.rikiott.com/spillinfo.php to view some of her activities. One of her books, "Sound Truths and Corporate Myth$: Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill", is available at http://www.rikiott.com/pdf/SoundTruth.pdf.