Governor Directs Attorney
General to File Amicus Brief
State to offer its unique
perspective on the harm to Alaskans caused by Exxon spill
November 06, 2007
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on
Monday confirmed her direction last week to Attorney General
Talis Colberg to begin work on the state's response to the U.S.
Supreme Court's decision to hear the Exxon case.
Last Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear Exxon
Mobil's appeal of the $2.5 billion damages award from the 1989
Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Governor Palin
conferred with Colberg about filing an amicus brief and a decision
was made to go forward.
In its amicus brief, the state will offer its unique perspective
on the harm to Alaskans caused by the spill and the legal issues
on which the Supreme Court granted certiorari.
The deadline for filing the brief is Jan. 22, 2008.
The Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into
Prince William Sound in 1989 when the tanker hit a reef. Hundreds
of thousands of seabirds and marine animals died as the crude
oil spread throughout the sound, and the region's fisheries were
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