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Resolution urges govts to seek restoration funds

By Associated Press 5:36 PM February 18, 2014

Sen. Berta Gardner calls the rate of recovery of resources impacted by the 1989 disaster unacceptable.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A resolution introduced by an Anchorage lawmaker urges the state and federal governments to seek additional money for restoration work stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Sen. Berta Gardner calls the rate of recovery of resources impacted by the 1989 disaster unacceptable.

Lawsuits brought against Exxon Mobil Corp. by the governments led to a $900 million settlement and 1991 consent decree that resolved claims related to natural resource damages. The decree included a “reopener” clause that would allow the governments to seek additional funds for restoration projects.

The governments in 2006 demanded payment of $92 million but haven’t asked a judge to enforce the provision.

Attorney General Michael Geraghty hadn’t seen the resolution but said since the issue is in litigation the state typically wouldn’t discuss its plans.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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