State, Feds To Weigh Options In Exxon Valdez Case
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.
About The Associated Press
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.