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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oil Spill hits 20 year mark

“It’s like a death in the family,” the 70-year-old fisherman said of the Exxon Valdez disaster. “With time it gets a little better, but the pain never really goes away. Until this generation passes on, I don’t think it will ever really be over.”

Smith is among the scores of residents of Cordova and other communities whose lives were forever changed on March 24, 1989 when 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the thriving fishing waters of Prince William Sound.

Last year the U.S. Supreme Court decided to cut the punitive damages to $507.5 million. That translates to an average of $15,000 per victim. Scores of plaintiffs are still waiting to be paid their share and still unresolved is whether Exxon Mobil should have to pay interest, which would add an estimated $488 million if calculated since 1994.

The poster above is in response to the Supreme Court decision last June.


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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:59 am  

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