• Red Light to Starboard

  • Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster
  • By: Angela Day
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-13-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 4.6 (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Minutes before supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef, before rocks ripped a huge hole in her hull and a geyser of crude oil darkened the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, the ship's lookout burst through the chart room door. "That light, sir, it's still on the starboard side. It should be to port, sir." Her frantic words were merely the last in a litany of futile warnings.
A parade of promises began the next day. Exxon Shipping Company president Frank Iarossi declared, "If it is a claim that is associated with the spill, we've assumed full financial responsibility." A week later, Alaska Governor Steve Cowper spoke at the Valdez Civic Center. "We don't want anybody to think that they have to hire a lawyer and go into federal court and sue the largest corporation in America...The state of Alaska represents you. And we want to be sure that...people who are damaged by this, get compensated fairy and quickly." He also indicated that the state would see to it Prince William Sound was cleaned up, regardless of the cost.
Lengthy investigations revealed cover ups, covert operations, reckless corporate management, numerous safety violations, and a broken regulatory process. At the time of the spill, oil flowed through the Alyeska pipeline at a profit of $400,000 per hour, yet in the end, the 10,000 fishermen affected by the spill spent nearly 20 years in litigation and received little compensation for their losses. Despite a massive cleanup effort, oil remains on the beaches and continues to impact marine life.
Red Light to Starboard documents a story that stunned the world, recounting regional and national events. The compelling narrative explains how an industry often seen as greedy came to be entrusted with a spectacular, fragile ecosystem, and discusses the governmental and public policy decisions that contributed to the disaster, as well as personal and environmental consequences. It also follows policy steps taken since the spill and through opportunities for citizen input and oversight, offers hope for preventing future disasters.
©2014 Board of Regents of Washington State University (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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By J. Warren Benton on 01-12-17

Dealing with change

The Exxon Valdez spill in affected many lives. In Red Light to Starboard we get a look at Bobby Day. Bobby was a fisherman who loved Alaska and fishing. When the spill took place Bobby was on top of his game. We also get a look into how Exxon employees had mad a few mistakes that ended up adversely affecting the ecosystem of Prince William Sound. Between the massive amounts of oil, and the oil cleaning process the Sound changed. Many fishermen were losing out on what used to be a plentiful abundance of Salmon and Herring. The years following of court cases against Exxon still left many people having to find a new way of life. Bobby Day was one of those people.

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By Daman on 12-26-16

Well Researched and Interesting Read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Light to Starboard?

It was a fascinating read into the Exxon Valdez disaster, with great researched viewpoints and information that you may not have known.

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"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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By A. Jones on 10-27-17

Somewhat repetitive

The story unfortunately repeats many events discussing different elements of the political circumstances. I would have liked to have heard more detail about the disaster and cleanup.

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