Talk of Alaska: Oil Spills and the Culture of Law
From Alaska Public Radio Network
Hebei Spirit, 07-Sep-2007, east coast of South Korea,
Selendang Ayu, 08-Dec-2004, Unalaska Island, Alaska
Daniel Lewis is his name. He's from Livengood, Alaska, believe it or not. He was drunk on October 4, 2001 (as was Joseph Hazelwood when last in command of the Exxon Valdez). "A jury found him guilty of criminal mischief, assault and drunk driving, all felonies, and the misdemeanor counts of oil pollution and misconduct involving a weapon, and causing 285,000 gallons of crude to coat a forested area has been ordered to pay over $17 million in restitution for the act." Lewis is in jail in Fairbanks serving a 16-year sentence. In 1978, about 670,000 gallons of oil spilled after a hole was blasted with explosives near Fairbanks. No one has ever been arrested or charged for that incident.
Talk of Alaska: Exxon ‘Valdez’ Oil Spill of 1989
Tue, December 2, 2008
Are we on guard against another major oil spill? As the checks finally go out to those damaged by the Exxon Valdez oil spill — nearly 20 years after it happened — “Talk of Alaska” will take a look at lessons learned, and lessons still UN-learned, from that event and its aftermath.
HOST: Steve Heimel, APRN
Dr. Riki Ott, author of Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill