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.
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.