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State, Feds To Weigh Options In Exxon Valdez Case

By | March 19, 2014 - 10:25 am

Exxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Exxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

The state and federal governments have told a federal judge they are reviewing information from studies on the lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and will be deciding how to proceed in a continuing legal case.

Lawsuits brought against Exxon Mobil Corp. by the governments following the 1989 disaster led to a $900 million settlement and 1991 consent decree that resolved claims related to natural resource damages. The decree, however, included what’s known as a “reopener” clause that would allow the governments to seek additional work for restoration projects.

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The governments in 2006 demanded payment of $92 million but have not asked a judge to enforce the provision.

A Department of Justice spokesman declined comment beyond what the governments said in their status report to the court.

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