JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state and federal governments have decided not to pursue $92 million in additional damages from Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp., citing the recovery of ducks and sea otters in Alaska’s Prince William Sound following a devastating oil spill more than two decades ago.
Assistant Attorney General Kaci Schroeder informed legislators of the decision Wednesday in an email, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. A department spokesman wouldn’t confirm the decision, saying an announcement would be made later Wednesday.
Lawsuits brought against Exxon by the state and federal governments after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill led to a $900 million settlement and a consent decree that resolved claims related to natural-resource damages. The decree included a clause that would allow the governments to seek additional funds for restoration projects.