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  • Harvest of Women: Safari in Mexico

    "Investigation into the disappearances and deaths of girls and women in the border city of Juarez, Mexico, which were documented from 1993-2005. The investigation sought to identify those responsible for the crime spree that attracted international attention. Te book reveals the corruption that made it possible for the crimes to continue with impunity."
  • Harvest of Women: The True Story About the Murders of Girls and Women in Juarez, Mexico (1993-2005)

    Author Diana Washington Valdez examines the circumstances behind the approximately 470 deaths of girls and women between the years of 1993 and 2005 in the border city of Juarez, Mexico. Her investigation discusses the brutality with which many of the victims were murdered, and the inability of local law enforcement to properly investigate these killings. Various law enforcement authorities undercounted the tally of dead by about 100, tried to blame the crimes on scapegoats, ignored viable suspects and "rejected or minimized information and leads provided by the FBI in El Paso, Texas." Investigations were further hindered by the fact the police and military were involved with the Juarez drug cartel, which "has operations in all the places where similar murders were committed during the past six years." Members of the Mexican government "protected prominent people involved in some of the murders and hid the findings of previous investigations. Therefore, it is unlikely the case will ever be completely solved, and the killers brought to justice.
  • The Human Factor

    16 years after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill efforts to reduce crew work hours, crack down on alcohol use and improve tug escorts are being evaded or undermined. The industry and regulators are relying on new tankers they say are far less susceptible to trouble. But the investigation revealed that spills have gone unreported, alcohol is still being consumed on the ships and risky behavior is still characteristic in the industry.
  • The New Supertanker Plague

    Hundreds of oil-bearing ships have faced destruction in the form of "super rust," a virulent form of corrosion that is "the inevitable result when unforgiving chemistry meets the harsh economics and tangled industry politics of transporting fossil fuels." Wired Magazine examines the root causes of such "hyper-accelerated corrosion," and determines among other things that proper maintenance in re-coating the steel ships would effectively combat the problem. However, "first-class ship maintenance has become increasingly rare," as ships change hands frequently, and find themselves in the hands of owners who "tend to be less interested in maintaining their vessels than maximizing the return on their investments." The article details the scientific processes of corrosion, examines the recent history and challenges facing supertankers, and investigates where the industry -- and its aging ships -- might be headed.
  • Danger on the Water

    After the Exxon Valdez fouled the Alaskan coastline with 11 million gallons of oil in 1989, federal lawmakers enacted some of the strictest spill prevention measures in the world. But safety advocates say attempts by the worldwide shipping industry to shave costs and reduce liability are undermining the effectiveness of those spill prevention measures.
  • The Untold Story of the Exxon Valdez

    In March 1989, the Exxon Valdez apilled 11 million gallons of oil into the wates of Prince William Sound, Alaska-the largest oil spill in U.S. history and perhapst the most devastating ever. Our one-hour story has three acts: Act One, unfolding dramatically as a moment of crisis, reconstructs how and why the tanker hit the rocks of Bligh Reef, and reveals the ways in whcih not nly Captain Hazelwood, but Exxon itself, was culpable. Act Two looks at tha aftermath of the spill: the disastrous, P.R. - Motivated clean-up effort mounted by Exxon and the Coast Guard that my have caused more ahrm than good, and probes the controversy surrounding the oil spill's role in the collapse of commerical fishing i the Sound five years later. Act Three begins with an account of the civil trial underway in Alaska at the time of broadcast in whcih fishermen and other Alaska resident were trying to recover from Exxon billions of dollars for damages relatig to the spill, and then goes on to talke a lovger view of oil tanker safety and oil spill prevention issues tha affec the entire U.S. coastline today.
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    Village Voice (New York) reports on the Bush Administration efforts to overturn the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and to open to oil production the 1.5 million acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, July 23, 1991.
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    Business Week looks at the future of Exxon Corp. and its current financial status; its public image is tarnished by the Valdez oil spill; Exxon is cutting back on its capital and exploration budget, April 2, 1990.
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    ABA Journal reports on the impact on environmental law of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • Anatomy of an Oil Spill

    Frontline/WGBH-TV (Boston) documents long history of negligence by government agencies and oil companies that led to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989; environmental promises were broken after the Alaska pipeline, installed in 1973, slowly fell apart, March 20, 1990.