by Ethel Mortenson Davis

The oil spill of the Exxon Valdez keeps on giving
for 18 years it’s kept on giving.
6000 workers along the shoreline sprayed chemicals on the oil,
breathing in the chemicals as well as the oil.
Many have died or have health problems.
The oil fell back onto the shore.

213 rivers have been destroyed—-
no longer can support life or spawn fish.
Thousands of tons of herring died–the waters still contain oil.

“Just watch us”, Exxon corporate leaders said,
“We’ll take care of you.”

The Supreme Court said Exxon didn’t have to pay
5 billon to people of Prince William Sound—
only 586 million—about 4 days profit for Exxon Mobile,
about 1 tenth of the losses
for the white and native peoples of Prince William Sound.
There have been 12 suicides and a divorce in every family
in the fishing community of 6000.

It just keeps on giving—

2 oil spills
in the world
a month.


Filed under Ethel Mortenson Davis, Poetry

7 responses to “Numbers

  1. When will they learn: Mushrooms are the answer! Love David

  2. kenneturner

    The hurt continue!

  3. horrendous, they pay a pittance for bankrupting the Waters and ailing the people… and they keep getting away with it… x

  4. And once again, Gaia weeps… as do we.

  5. Anna Mark

    Each year I read this book to my students, “Prince William” by Gloria Rand:
    In Alaska’s Prince William Sound, a young girl named Denny finds an oil-coated baby seal on a polluted beach. She rushes the pup to a makeshift rescue center set up to help wildlife affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. As Denny follows the seal’s recovery over the next 10 weeks, she learns about the intense volunteer efforts to clean up the harbor and rehabilitate oiled animals.

    An excellent book for kids and science.

  6. eremophila

    Reblogged this on Eremophila's Musings and commented:
    Never trust oil companies. Ever.

  7. Their eye is twisted, their heart black as pitch.

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