Wherever there are oil-gas activities, there are risks of toxic exposures.

Oil-chemical drilling and fracking, manufacturing, and transportation corridors for tar sands via pipelines or railways create high-risk regions across the country — threatening to affect soils, lakes, rivers, oceans and the health of communities that depend on them.

Our Projects Around the World

Issues:

Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska

‘Ballast Watergate’ – Illegal discharge of hazardous waste at marine tanker terminal

Worker safety and system integrity of Trans Alaska Pipeline

Illegal discharge of oil drilling fluids at North Slope oilfields

Sustainable communities and economic diversification

Projects:

Between 1989 and 2008, we spearheaded several grassroots campaigns to pass stronger state oil spill prevention and response laws and the 1990 Oil Pollution Act; to create the first citizen oversight groups of the Alyeska tanker terminal and tankers and, separately, the Trans Alaska Pipeline System; and to expose and stop oil industry practices of illegally dumping of hazardous wastes down drilling wells in the North Slope and by tanker in Port Valdez. We organized community-led actionslike the1993 fishermen’s blockade of Valdez Narrows for comprehensive ecosystem studies that found long-term harm form Exxon’s spill, and the first on-the-ground sustainable community effort in Alaska, the Copper River Watershed Project. Riki wrote two books to share lessons learned about long-term harm from oil spills to people, communities and wildlife and one book to support the sustainable community effort on the Copper River Delta.

We conducted 20th-year and 25th-year memorial tours of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, organized by communities in Alaska and Vancouver, BC reflecting on improvements and unfinished business as a call to action for citizen advisory councils and more.