“We Watched Our Friends Die”
Alaska Tribal Coalition Vows to Fight Chemical Dispersant Oil Spill Response Enforcement
Press statementThe words of an Alaskan tribal elder, “We watched our family and friends die,” represent the feelings of many about the use of chemical dispersants in their waters. Thirty plus years after Exxon Valdez and three years after the BP Gulf oil spill, numerous scientific studies consistently reveal long-term, lethal effects of chemical dispersants used in oil spill response[i]. The toxic tolls on human health and sensitive ecosystems continue to mount--yet the use of chemical dispersants is still given preferential treatment by EPA and Coast Guard officials.