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2008-07-27 15:00:26

By Margaret Bauman, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 27--A new federal/state visitor center in the planning stages for an area near Tok, just 91 miles from the Canadian border, has moved another step forward toward welcoming upward of 100,000 visitors annually. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said July 11 that they recently purchased 8.3 acres of private land along the Alaska Highway, about a mile east of the junction of the Alaska and the Glenn highways. The...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Aric Caplan for The Whole Truth, +1-301-998-6592, or aric@caplancommunications.com CORDOVA, Alaska, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A native fisherman from Alaska, Ms. Osa Schultz, will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the devastating impact the Exxon Valdez oil spill continues to have on her family, her business and her community. The hearing, "Courting Big Business: The Supreme Court's Recent Decisions on Corporate Misconduct and Laws...

2008-07-20 15:00:29

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 20--The state of Alaska will push for construction of a small-diameter gas pipeline from Southcentral to Interior Alaska with a capacity of carrying 450 million cubic feet per day. It would be the first phase of a gas distribution system to bring natural gas from Cook Inlet fields to Fairbanks and other Interior communities now dependent on fuel oil. Gov. Sarah Palin said July 7 that the pipeline could eventually connect with a...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By Kristopher Hanson, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. Jul. 1--In a ruling blasted by environmentalists, fishermen and wildlife advocates, the nation's highest court shaved 80 percent off a $2.5 billion verdict against ExxonMobil for spilling 11 million gallons of oil in a pristine Alaskan bay in 1989. The $507 million verdict, reached on a 5-3 Supreme Court decision June 26, represents about four days' worth of profits for the oil giant, which generated $40 billion in profits last...

2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Jun. 26--Gary Soderstrom had just got off the Columbia River after a long night of fishing Wednesday morning when he heard that the Supreme Court had slashed the money coming to him. Soderstrom, who lives in Clatskanie, was among the thousands of fishermen who once were to share $5 billion in damages Exxon Mobil was told to pay for devastation caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. But Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme...

2008-06-27 12:02:35

By Anonymous The Supreme Court's decision to further slash punitive damages resulting from the Exxon Valdez oil spill had to hurt twice for the injured parties. Their final judgment will only be about 10 percent of what a jury originally awarded them, and they had to wait 19 years to get it. This was a complicated case that involved a lot of money and made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. That said, 19 years is too long to wait for relief from a company that put a relapsed alcoholic...

2008-06-26 12:02:40

By Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times Jun. 26--Hopes of fishermen throughout Washington and Alaska were sunk Wednesday when the Supreme Court slashed the amount of punitive damages that Exxon must pay for the epic Exxon Valdez oil spill nearly two decades ago. The high court, in a 5-3 decision, found that punitive damages could not be larger than the compensatory damages for actual losses from the spill, which totaled $507.5 million. The justices rejected the amount -- $2.5 billion...

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2008-06-26 06:00:00

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a $2.5 billion punitive damages award arising from the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez, in a 5-3 decision that strengthens its trend of curtailing damages to punish and deter wrongdoing. The majority found that commercial fishermen and other Alaska businesses should have won no more than $507.5 million in punitive damages for the losses caused by the supertanker's spill of 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince...

2008-06-25 21:02:22

CORDOVA, Alaska _ In a fishing town hit as hard as anywhere by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the reaction Wednesday to the Supreme Court ruling from disappointment to resignation to disgust. Many boats in the harbor were out fishing, but some were still in town because of the closure of the famous Copper River fishery. Terry Buchholz, 60, was standing near the harbormaster's office. He's a longtime Cordova resident who has been gillnetting for 48 years. "I was sick to my stomach this...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

What happened to the king salmon run in Alaska may be remain a mystery, but what's known for sure is a popular fishery has closed because of a dismal return. So weak is the Deshka River run that biologists said they fear it could be as much as 70 percent off its goal of 13,000 in-river spawners, the Anchorage Daily News reported. From the opening of the first fishery in the region, things have been slow, sports fish biologists said. The Copper River near Cordova started behind schedule in...


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