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Quiet, 26 Years After the Spill


Several years ago Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon and I went out to Prince William Sound [read the post from Jeanne Devon] on an assignment from BBC World Service. We were sent for the odd request that could only come from a international news agency like the BBC… gather sound. They didn’t need video, or pictures, just sound.

BBC had certainly been there before and had much in their catalogue to make it sound like their reporter was in Alaska – but they were looking for sound from right then. It was July 4th weekend so instead of BBQ and beer the Mudflats crew were on a boat making our way out to Knight Island for the sole purpose of capturing what it sounded like at that moment on what locals often called ‘Diesel Beach.’

For me, it was mainly a journalistic endeavor. I had distinct memories of the spill – I followed it day by day, as much as I could from the national news but I had no idea what the Sound was like before. Shannyn knew, she had been there before, during and long after cleaning up what Exxon left behind. The promises from Exxon to do “whatever it takes to keep you whole” left many Alaskans feeling empty.

Quiet. – Prince William Sound After the Exxon Spill with Shannyn Moore from Zach Roberts on Vimeo.






3 Responses to “Quiet, 26 Years After the Spill”
  1. mike from iowa says:

    Thank you for the update. Hopefully it never happens again,but,chances are it or something worse will occur.

  2. Zach Roberts says:

    It’s all done. The best we can hope for is preventing the next one.

  3. mike from iowa says:

    So where do you go from here? Anymore litigation against Exxon? I’m sure they’d like it to go away.