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May 4, 2017: Author to share personal story of Exxon Valdez oil spill, discuss similar risks facing Salish Sea communities

posted May 8, 2017, 3:10 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated May 8, 2017, 3:11 PM ]
“Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster” author Angela Day will offer a book reading, presentation, and Q&A session on May 25th in Bellingham. 

“Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster” author Angela Day will discuss the 1989 oil spill and similar risks facing Salish Sea communities during a free book reading, presentation, and Q&A from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham. The event is co-sponsored by North Cascades Audubon Society and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

“Red Light to Starboard” documents the tragic oil spill that stunned the world, discusses the environmental impacts from the spill, and recounts the regional and natural history of Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska.

Angela Day lives in Snohomish, Washington and is married to Bobby Day, a long-time fisherman from Prince William Sound. The book centers on his story and that of his family, whose history is deeply rooted in the region. Based on a wealth of family history and first-hand experiences, the book offers a personal account of the oil spill’s impacts on individual lives and local communities.

During the event, Day will share her thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, which would nearly triple capacity of an existing pipeline ending just north of the U.S.-Canada border in Burnaby, British Columbia. The proposed project would drastically increase the amount of crude oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea.

“Whatcom County residents are faced with a potentially huge increase in crude oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea due to this proposed expansion project,” Day says. “I look forward to having a discussion about lessons learned and how they apply to the risks in the Salish Sea today by prividing some insights about what the past can teach us about the future.”

“Red Light to Starboard” won the Western Writers of America 2015 Spur Award in the Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction” category, and was a finalist in the annual Foreword Review INDIES Book of the Year Awards. For more information, visit re-sources.org/events or RSVP on Facebook.

Media Contact: Lee First, leef@re-sources.org, (360) 733-8307