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Special Presentation: Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster

May 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster

With author Angela Day

Thursday May 25, 2017; 6:30-8:30 pm

Bellingham Unitarian Church: 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham

Angela Day, PhD, will offer a book reading, presentation, and Q&A session on her book, Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster.  This book documents a tragic event that stunned the world, discusses the disaster’s environmental impacts, and recounts the regional and natural history of Prince William Sound.  Day’s book won the Western Writers of America 2015 Spur Award in the Best Western Contemporary Nonfiction category, and was a finalist in the annual Forward Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

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.  Nearly 100 years ago, the Day family settled on the edge of Valdez Bay where they carved out a small town, salmon cannery, and sawmill from remains of an old army fort. Based on a wealth of family history and first-hand experiences, the book offers a deeply personal account of the oil spill’s impacts on individual lives and local communities.  

This topic is keenly relevant to our community.  “I hope to provide some insights about what the past can teach us about the future,” said Angela Day. “Whatcom County residents are faced with a potentially large increase in crude oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea due to the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Mountain pipeline project.”  

The Kinder Morgan project, terminating in Vancouver, will nearly triple capacity along an existing line from Edmonton, Alberta, to Burnaby, B.C., from about 300,000 barrels per day to about 890,000 barrels per day. “I especially look forward to having a discussion about lessons learned and how they apply to the risks in the Salish Sea today,” Day said. 

The presentation is co-sponsored by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and the North Cascades Audubon Society. “We are really excited to host Angela’s presentation here in Bellingham,” said Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.   

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities works to promote sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington’s people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action. North Cascades Audubon Society has represented the interests and importance of wildlife, habitat and the environment in Whatcom County since 1970.

For more information, please contact Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper at leef@re-sources.org.


May 25, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Bellingham Unitarian Church
1207 Ellsworth St.
Bellingham, WA United States
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