Mission without a Map

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About the author:
Joe Hunt was a reporter with The Anchorage Times when the Exxon Valdez ended up as "an ornament on Bligh Reef." He covered the spill for two years, returning to the beaches and Prince William Sound communities many times. From 1992 to
1995, he served as speech writer and media coordinator for Alaska Governor Tony Knowles. In 1996, he returned to covering "all things Exxon Valdez", this time as the Communications Director for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. After the 10th anniversary of the spill, Hunt began researching the history of the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation and restoration, at the request of the Trustee Council and completed "Mission Without a Map," in February 2002.

Mr. Hunt currently lives with his family on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

Mission without a Map

The Politics and Policies of Restoration Following The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: 1989-2002

Authored by Joe Hunt

Early in the morning on Good Friday, March 24, 1989, the T/V Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The 11 million gallons of North Slope crude oil that gushed from the tanker created a disaster that would for decades stain the delicately balanced ecosystem and the lives of the people living in the spill area.

Almost immediately, the inevitable legal battles began. While lawsuits filed by fishermen, communities, Alaska Native governments, and others impacted by the spill stretched on for years, litigation between the State of Alaska, United States and Exxon Corporation was resolved 28 months after the spill. This landmark civil settlement established the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, a panel of six state and federal trustees, and provided $900 million dollars to restore the environment to its pre-spill condition.

Mission without a Map documents the history of the Trustee Council from 1991-2002, providing a detailed look at the settlement and the challenges the Trustee Council faced to create an innovative framework that would guide restoration efforts; maximize settlement funds; and meet the often competing and sometimes conflicting needs of the people and the environment. Through its pioneering contributions to restoration management, research and monitoring, habitat protection, and public participation, the Trustee Council leaves a legacy of far-reaching knowledge and benefit.

Publication Date:
0578045419 / 9780578045412
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6.14" x 9.21"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / State & Local / Pacific Northwest

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