The maker of this music video wrote about it:
Still Life – Original Song – For the victims of Exxon Valdez
I wrote this song in 1991, 2 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster. At the time I wrote it, other oil-related ecological disasters were occurring in Iraq and Kuwait as part of the first US war in Iraq. Now, nearly 20 years after the Exxon disaster, the US Supreme Court is considering overturning the $2.5 billion in punitive damages that Exxon was ordered to pay. In 2007, Exxon reported a profit of 40 billion dollars.
From CNN in the USA:
Exxon Mobil to pay $600,000 for deaths of 85 protected birds
Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has pleaded guilty and will pay $600,000 in fines for the deaths of 85 protected migratory birds in the company’s wastewater ponds in five states.
Waterfowl, hawks and owls protected under an international treaty were killed after landing in uncovered pools, where they were coated with or ingested fatal doses of hydrocarbons, federal officials said.
The facilities are in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. …
The birds killed over a five-year period were identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as ducks, grebes, ibis, passerines, shore birds, owls, martins and a hawk.
From British daily The Morning Star on the fine:
That is roughly equal to what ExxonMobil makes every 20 minutes, based on its $8.6 billion earnings for the first half of 2009.
See also here.
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