Exxon ValdezOn 15 October, US and Alaskan authorities ended their attempt to seek additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corporation in relation to the infamous 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

In a 1991 settlement, Exxon was fi rst ordered to pay $900 million in civil damages and $125 million in criminal fines and restitution. Then in 2006, under a “reopener” provision, the state and federal government requested Exxon pay an additional $92 million to fund clean-up associated with long term damages.

Authorities had apparently had a change of heart as a result of the recovery of ducks and sea otters.

The March 1989 spill, at the time the largest ever in US waters, released 260,000 barrels of crude oil into the waters off the southern coast of Alaska.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - December 2015 Issue
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