Lingering 1989 Exxon Valdez oil in beach sediments in Prince William Sound, Alaska
I clearly remember the announcement of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez in 1989. The event was so upsetting that I refused to purchase gas from Exxon for decades.
Now, twenty one years later, an exhibit by artist Carole Fisher opens today at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design demonstrates the environmental damage that remains, in 2010.
As politicians invoke “Drill, Baby, Drill,” I question whether the ripple effects over generations have been considered.
According to the artist:
“Many years later, it is still obvious that the spill altered the face of Alaska in ways much more significant than the erasure of a beauty mark. The social, economic, and ecological impact has been catastrophic.”