One of the most radical innovations to come out of the Exxon Valdez spill was the establishment of permanent, industry-funded citizen oversight to promote the environmentally safe operation of the oil industry. It’s now been over a quarter of a century since the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council was formed.
To mark that anniversary, the council is releasing this collection of stories about the formation and early development of the council, and the hopes and intentions of some who were closely involved with early days of the council.
These stories help us understand how citizens and the oil industry rallied together to create an oversight group to protect Prince William Sound from future oil spills.
The first four chapters in this booklet consist of highlighted quotes, pulled from the interviews, which tell the story of the council. Many more valuable details are contained in the full text of the interviews, which can be found in the Appendix in alphabetical order.
Download the entire booklet: Stories from a citizens’ council (PDF 2.3MB)