Full admittance: I am the publisher. I chose to publish this book based on its attention to the importance of knowing and appreciating our natural envFull admittance: I am the publisher. I chose to publish this book based on its attention to the importance of knowing and appreciating our natural environment. The authors used humor and respect, as well as cultural fables and myth, to bring this eco-fiction alive. The authors spent a good deal of time in the Rokko Mountains of Japan, the evocative beauty and magic of which inspired them to document their journeys with a fictional narrative.
A really interesting book about a dystopian future after "the change". A cool concept in this novel is reclamation for human survival in an ark, justA really interesting book about a dystopian future after "the change". A cool concept in this novel is reclamation for human survival in an ark, just like Noah's. But what goes on there is quite scary, almost more so than what goes on outside where it seems that heat and sunshine are brutal, threatening the human race. I think it's an interesting morality tale that shows how culture (and nature) can be cruel (or good, depending on the situation)....more
You know that kind of book that, after you read it, you have to recover? That is just how Atcheson's book affected me. I was especially enthused by thYou know that kind of book that, after you read it, you have to recover? That is just how Atcheson's book affected me. I was especially enthused by the modern, well-paced story nested within a bigger human-race narrative, where sacred (but sadly forgotten) parables attempt to surface one more time, if anyone's listening......more
I've been following the Northern Gateway pipeline project proposal for years, and read this book upon recommendation. I feel that the book teaches quiI've been following the Northern Gateway pipeline project proposal for years, and read this book upon recommendation. I feel that the book teaches quite a lot about the Line 6B pipeline spill near Kalamazoo, MI in 2010, a spill that nearly four years later still is not completely cleaned up. The authors successfully tell this story in a way that is not just educational but mind-blowing.
Dilbit Disaster is a series of investigative reports and articles by InsideClimate News, bringing to light the harrowing stories of people living near Michigan's Line 6b spill--which began in a six-foot pipeline tear, a piece of pipe that had been marked for repair by Enbridge several times in the past, a tear from which over one million gallons of oil spilled into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River--a river that had been restored after the Clean Water Act from the 1970s prevented industry from dumping waste into the river.
InsideClimate News also studies the lack of federal regulations in pipeline safety, even in a day and age when companies like Enbridge are expanding pipelines rapidly. Young and old, Republican and Democrats alike, are concerned over pipeline safety in the US and Canada. Some want no more pipelines. Others call for more regulations.
The book tells how Enbridge did not even tell authorities in the US who were first contact on the scene in this dilbit disaster about what kind of oil was being shipped through the broken pipeline--it was an unconventional crude from Alberta oil sands that is mixed with chemicals, including the carcinogen benzene. Local authorities had no idea what they were dealing with for several days. This diluted oil, called diluted bitumen (dilbit), has not been studied in-depth for oil spill response and impact except by the industry, which keeps their data proprietary and secret. Instead of mostly floating on water, as conventional lighterweight oil would do, dilbit's chemicals eventually evaporate or dissolve in the water and the remaining oil sinks to the bottom of the river--at times mixing with old PCBs that were dumped years ago, before that dumping was banned. There is no known way to really completely clean up this oil.
The Kalamazoo spill was a warning, really. Another pipeline proposal, the northern leg of the Keystone XL, would lay pipelines through part of one of the United States' largest drinking water aquifers, and one would think the idea impossible, but it isn't at all, for it is being planned now, though it has not yet been approved by the Obama administration.
This book is important because it tells you what the oil industry won't, and it tells you what you need to know about our rivers and lakes and drinking water and water recreation sources. These are things everyone cares about, and so should you. Dilbit Disaster tells you the story through real people who lived near the spill--how their lives were turned upside-down, how they were treated by Enbridge. And the book goes further, putting this terrible disaster into the context of the bigger picture of Albertan oil sands transport problems. ...more