day passed Thursday (today) in which the U-S Supreme Court issued a number of
decisions, but still no verdict in the Exxon Valdez oil spill punitive damages
case. A decision is expected sometime next week, but as KMXT’s Casey Kelly
reports, fishermen in Kodiak say life will go on no matter what the high court
been more than 19 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill created arguably the
worst man-made disaster in U-S history. Although Cordova and other communities
closer to the spill ended up with more oil on their beaches, Kodiak was the
largest fishing port to be hit.
In the spring of
1989 Jeff Allen was supposed to tender herring, but the oil spill put a stop to
that. Now Dungeness and halibut fisherman, Allen says he was lucky because he
still got to go dungy fishing that year.
1 :12s “…hell of a mess.”)
has a small settlement due to him if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the
plaintiffs. However, he says he’s not really paying that much attention to it.
2 :07s “…which way it goes.”)
the most part, Allen says, fishermen in Kodiak don’t have time to be worried
about the decision.
3 :08s “…basing our lives on.”)
In the summer of
1989 Dave Martin was supposed to go salmon fishing in Cook Inlet. He says the
oil spill not only prevented fishing that season, it hurt the industry for
years to come. Exxon, he says, owes him money.
1 :14s “…it hurt us all.”)
says he doesn’t want to think about what might happen if the Supreme Court
rules in Exxon’s favor.
2 :03s “…against the law.”)
on the other hand, if the ruling is in the plaintiffs’ favor:
3 :07s “…our lives back.”)
Exxon Valdez litigation is one of ten cases the Supreme Court is supposed to
rule on before its term ends. Although the term officially closes on Monday,
the court could issue a ruling anytime next week.