THANK YOU, U.S. SENATOR SLADE GORTON!
Gorton (R-WA) delivers Congressional Record Statement opposing consideration of Exxon-Mobil merger until we victims are made whole.
We are the 40,000-plus victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill: the fishers and Native Americans upon whose lives and livelihoods the spill wreaked havoc. Today, a full ten years later, we continue to suffer economically and emotionally -- and it's because of Exxon's nonstop misconduct in handling the spill.
In 1994, we won a verdict against Exxon in one of the most famous trials in American history. In May 1999, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard Exxon's appeal. The latest news from the Ninth Circuit can be read here.
All these years, meanwhile, an unrepentant Exxon has paid us nothing.
About two-thirds of us victims are from Alaska. But thousands of us are from every other state in the nation. So how could the spill have affected people from the South, West, Midwest and East? Until the spill, we fishers from the continental United States would travel to Alaska to make our living during the fishing season. We'd then return to our home states. And that's where we are today: neighbors of yours, still hurting. Given Exxon's continued refusal to make us whole, the economic boom of the 1990s has passed us by.
Our financial losses, in turn, have led to a number of cases of clinical depression and broken families.
Contrary to Exxon's ongoing campaign of public misinformation, not only are we victims still suffering, but so is our environment. In February 1999, the government reported that only two of the 24 animal species hurt by the spill have recovered. And as the television reports covering the March 24, 1999 tenth anniversary of the spill showed, Exxon's oil remains on the beaches of Alaska today.
We hope you join our crusade.
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