remaining money from the Exon Valdez settlement account is shrinking, the Exxon
Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council is working to determine how to best spend
what's left of the restoration funds. In order to better manage what's left of
the funds, the council proposes to narrow the scope of restoration efforts to
five specific categories. The proposed categories include: herring, lingering
oil, long-term monitoring of marine conditions, harbor protection and marine
conditions and habitat acquisition and protection.
In order to
make these adjustments to the original restoration plan, an environmental
impact statement must be prepared that will assess the affects of the council's
As part of the process, the EVOS
Trustee Council is conducting community meetings in areas affected by the 1989
spill. A Kodiak meeting will take place next Thursday, March 18th at
the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center.
The purpose of the meetings is to
accept public comment on the proposed changes to the 1994 restoration plan.
Comments can also be submitted by mail, e-mail or through phone messages. The
deadline for submitting comments on the proposed changes is April 1st.
The executive director of the EVOS
Trustee Council is Elise Hsieh. She's also encouraging potential participants
to get familiar with the council's plans.
-- (EVOS 1 :40 "I
think it ... compelled to give.")
restoration funds total around 100 million dollars, with approximately 24
million of that amount allotted by federal legislation to habitat acquisition
and protection. About 76 million dollars remains available for research,
monitoring and general restoration.
approximately 780 million dollars of the council's joint trust funds, over 180
million dollars has been used for research, monitoring and general restoration.
Over 375 million dollars has funded habitat protection. The council's program
development, implementation and administration have cost over 45 million
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council
was formed in 1992 and is funded by settlement of civil claims brought against
Exxon by the State of Alaska and the United States.