Story last updated at 12/3/2008 - 2:02 pm
JUNEAU - Nearly 20 years since the Exxon-Valdez spilled millions of gallons of oil in Price William Sound, those affected by the spill are finally receiving settlement checks. Cordova "fisherma'am" and marine biologist Riki Ott has been involved with the spill and its aftershock and politics for the past two decades.
Ott will present her new book, "Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill," Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
"Not One Drop" follows Ott's as she settles in Cordova in the 80's and becomes part of the tight-knit fishing community in the town of 2,500. After the spill, she watched her community disintegrate in the wake of the spill and the broken promises from the oil industry. Her doctorate in marine toxology helped her become a valued expert.
Ott has spent the past two decades using this expertise to try to fix the damage that has been done to her community, including founding three nonprofits to do so.
This is Ott's second book. Her first book, "Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$," also explores the Exxon-Valdez oil spill.