Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Atom.Smasher



This is a fake sign. I made it here at ATOM.SMASHER.ORG . Exxon does not operate a gas station in Valdez. Our local gas prices at Tesoro, the only game in town, are 270.9, 276.9 and 282.9 respectively.

I'd been living in Valdez about 3 years when in March '89 the Exxon Valdez hit the chartered Bligh Reef. That summer was like taking a trip around the world and never leaving Valdez. Everybody came here.

That was when I came up with the imaginary boat, the FishTaxi. Anybody with any kind of boat made a ton of money in the effort of cleaning up the sulphur rich thick Alaska crude. I was in Lower Herring Bay when it filled up with oil. We helplessly watched as the tide came in. The next day it looked to me like what the morning after being nuked would look like. No life.

I was surprised when I saw Exxon gas stations all over on my trip outside. I thought everybody cut up their Exxon gas cards. I have not written here about the spill before but I still think about it. Especially when I see Exxon gas stations.

2 comments:

Riverbrat said...

Wow, thanks for sharing that story. For the record, I don't have a Exxon card and don't remember ever buying Exxon gas.

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