Lessons from a Slow Leak

Science  24 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5572, pp. 1403-1404
DOI: 10.1126/science.1071367

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Silent Spill The Organization of an Industrial Crisis. Thomas D. Beamish. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2002. 232 pp. $55, £37.95. ISBN 0-262-02512-4. Paper, $21.95, £14.95. ISBN 0-262-52320-5.

Beamish offers a sociological perspective on a persistent and long-ignored oil spill in the Guadalupe Dunes of coastal California. He presents the case as an example of the sorts of environmental accidents that are neglected because they do not lead to dramatic destruction or disruption.