Advocates Seek 11th-Hour Reversal On Exxon Valdez Reopener Decision
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [InsideEPA.com] November 5, 2015
Grassroots environmentalists are making an 11th-hour push for the U. S. and Alaska governments to reverse a decision to abandon a $92 million natural resource damages (NRD) claim against ExxonMobil Corp. for unanticipated injuries under a reopener clause of the 1991 settlement covering damages caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
"The Court and the Governments made some serious errors in the way that the Reopener Clause, and this decision, was handled," the environmental grassroots group Prince William Soundkeeper says on its website.
The group points to an alleged error by the court not to open public comment on the government's final decision, despite a previous commitment to it under an earlier order, as well as an alleged failure by the state and federal governments to consider a broader array of resources that appear to continue to be injured and not recovered, and research backing those conclusions.
The Justice Department (DOJ) announced Oct. 15 that the United States and Alaska were closing any federal and state judicial actions against ExxonMobil
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