17 Oct '11, 9pm

Exxon is _still_ trying to get out of paying for Valdez Oil Spill clean-up

Exxon is _still_ trying to get out of paying for Valdez Oil Spill clean-up

The company, it is widely believed, is in the midst of a highly coordinated effort to redefine the very meaning of the word 'disgraceful'. From the report : "In its latest court filing, Exxon appears to be trying to shirk its obligation to pay for additional damages. In its filing to the US District Court in Alaska on September 30, the company argues that the agreement it reached with the government only covers "restoration" work--not additional "clean-up."" But, you might ask, didn't Exxon already pay for the cleanup like 20 years ago? Not really. Sheppard explains: In 1991, Exxon struck a deal with the government to pay just $900 million in damages over 10 years for cleanup costs. The deal allowed the government to reopen the case, if it could prove that there were remaining problems that had not been adequately addressed. That "reopener" clause only extended until Septe...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/exxon-still-try-g...

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