The Exxon Valdez Reopener: Natural Resources Damage Settlements and Roads Not Taken

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William H. Rodgers

University of Washington - School of Law

John Crosetto

Garvey Schubert Barer

Carole Holley

Independent

Tyson Kade

Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Jane Kaufman

Independent

Colette Kostelec

Kostelec Law Office

Kevin A. Michael

Cozen O'Connor

Roger Sandberg

Esser & Sandberg PLLC

Jennifer Schorr

Independent

Date Written: December 1, 2005

Abstract

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill caused extensive natural resource damage to the Prince William Sound. Lawsuits addressing this natural resource damage resulted in a settlement that required Exxon to pay $900 million over time to trustees charged with spending this money to restore the damaged environment of the Sound and nearby areas. The settlement included a “Reopener Clause,” which pledges Exxon to spend an additional $100 million to fund restoration or rehabilitation of resources whose injuries were not foreseeable in 1989. This Article urges the State of Alaska and the United States to seek enforcement of the Reopener Clause, to restore natural resources and Native subsistence uses that were not addressed in the initial settlement and have not recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Alternatively, this Article urges Native entities to intervene in the case and seek enforcement of the Reopener Clause.

Keywords: environmental law, oil spills, natural resource damages, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, complex litigation, wildlife, fisheries, habitats, punitive damages

Suggested Citation

Rodgers, William H. and Crosetto, John and Holley, Carole and Kade, Tyson and Kaufman, Jane and Kostelec, Colette and Michael, Kevin A. and Sandberg, Roger and Schorr, Jennifer, The Exxon Valdez Reopener: Natural Resources Damage Settlements and Roads Not Taken (December 1, 2005). Alaska Law Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 135-211, 2005, University of Washington School of Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2442588

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Tyson Kade

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Jane Kaufman

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Colette Kostelec

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Kevin A. Michael

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Roger Sandberg

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Jennifer Schorr

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