Reuters is reporting that an Alaska environmentalist is returning to court to force the company responsible for the Exxon Valdez oil spill to pay for its long-term ecological consequences:
Exxon has not paid the bill, and the governments have yet to take the matter to court.
Now an Alaska environmentalist is seeking to persuade a federal judge to compel Exxon to pay the $92 million, plus another $23 million in interest.
At stake is more than money that could be used restore a Prince William Sound still injured by the 11 million gallon spill, said Rick Steiner, the retired University of Alaska marine science professor and longtime Alaska activist who filed the motion to compel the payment.
It’s worth reading the motion in full. One of Steiner’s motivations, according to the report, is the precedent his case will set for the after-effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Exxon said last week that it’s done compensating damages from the 1989 spill, according to the Alaska Dispatch.