For Immediate Release: February 18th, 2014
Senator Gardner Urges Administration to Pursue Exxon’s Full Remediation for Spill Damages
Resolution urges ExxonMobil to honor commitments under “re-opener for unknown injury” provision
JUNEAU – Today Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) introduced SJR 25, a resolution urging the Alaska Department of Law along with the US Department of Justice to file a motion to collect $92 million plus interest from Exxon to honor their commitments to Alaska.
“The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council indicates that only 13 of the 32 monitored resources injured by the spill are recovered or very likely recovered. This is an unacceptable recovery rate, 25 years after the worst environmental catastrophe our state has ever seen,” stated Senator Gardner.
In 2006, under the Murkowski administration and Bush administration, the state and federal government jointly presented Exxon with a “Comprehensive Plan for Habitat Restoration Projects Pursuant to the Reopener for Unknown Injury” to remediate lingering oil in intertidal sediments along the shoreline of effected coastline in Alaska.
Technological improvements in sub-surface oil contamination remediation have made great progress. Honoring past financial commitments from the 1991 settlement would allow sub-surface remediation work to continue by the state and federal governments, which are currently 6 years behind schedule on this important work.
For more information, contact Senator Gardner at (907) 465-4930.