Apparently ExxonValdez has returned to court again today to make a third appeal at the $5 billion dollar verdict levied against them when they came to trial for that horrific oil spill in Alaska. Pockets of relatively fresh Exxon Valdez oil remain on shorelines as distant as Katmai National Park, about 300 miles from the site where the supertanker disgorged 11 million gallons of crude oil, according to government scientists who presented their studies at a conference this week in Anchorage.
Exxon Mobil, the oil giant created from the merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1999, argues that the spill's effects have long receded and that the fine is unjustified. The company points out that it spent more than $2 billion on the clean-up and shelled out $1.025 billion for a 1991 settlement with federal and state governments. Exxon Mobil has argued in legal motions that the appeals court should reduce Holland's "outlandish judgment" to no more than $25 million.
Along the coastline, debate about the spill's environmental effects continues. According to the group that administers the settlement money paid by Exxon to the governments, only seven of 30 marine species, resources or services have recovered to pre-spill levels. Whether the spill is to blame and whether remnant oil is causing harm remains unsettled.
Stupid f'n Exxon, and Mobile... Don't buy from either... Commute, buy your gas from Citgo and BP, as I have suggested in a prior blog. Its really amazing that they are fighting it, as if paying the settlement would be a fraction of their yearly earnings... The worst part is that money they make lines the pockets of the administration, so its going to be hard to keep siding with the plaintiffs... Eventually they will fight it until Bush says hey judge, you side with Exxon or I will have Dick kill you the way he killed William Rehnquist so I could appoint 2 conservative judges. I think he will say something like that.
And just in case, the postings might come few and far between soon, as I am unable to deal with another corporation that likely feeds the Bush's... COMCAST... Another evil empire... Can you believe the balls, they charge $100 bucks a month for basic basic and internet.... That is just incredible... So, without the net at my house for a while, I may not update as frequently... I apologize ahead of time...