A former Exxon executive as Secretary of State. A head of the EPA with close ties to the oil and gas industry. A new president who promised in December to “eliminate all wasteful job-killing regulations. On energy, we will cancel the restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean beautiful coal.” Presumably, this will include drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
For anyone who needs a reminder of how deadly an unregulated fossil fuel industry can be, Twisted Road Publications will release Connie May Fowler’s new memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, on April 20th, the 7th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The explosion killed eleven people and resulted in a massive spill that dumped more than 210 millions gallons of oil into the Gulf.
Connie May Fowler began that day as she had begun most days for the previous sixteen years, immersed in the natural world that was her home on Alligator Point on Florida’s gulf coast, surrounded by dunes and water birds, watching dolphins swim in the distance. Then began the nightmare from which she would not emerge for more than a year.
In A Million Fragile Bones, Connie details the beauty and peace she found on Alligator Point after years of heartbreak and loss, and the devastation and upheaval that followed the oil spill. It is, at its heart, a love song to the natural world and a cry of anger and grief at its ruin for the sake of corporate profits.
We hope you will read this book. Even more importantly, we hope you will join the fight for clean water and protection of the world’s endangered marine ecosystems.