Chelsea Green Publishing

Chelsea Green Blog

As Checks Near, Alaska Fisherfolk Resigned to Disappointment

From the Anchorage Daily News:

After a nearly 20-year wait, thousands of commercial fishermen and other plaintiffs are on the brink of collecting punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989.

The checks won’t be anything like the blockbuster payments many hoped for after a federal jury awarded them $5 billion — an amount the U.S. Supreme Court this summer cut by 90 percent.

Still, dozens of fishermen can expect checks for more than $100,000. And a few will range up to around $400,000.

As soon as today, federal Judge H. Russel Holland could clear the way for the payments, assuming he rejects a late effort from one plaintiff to re-jigger the complex plan for dividing the money.

The payout would mark the beginning of the end of an epic court case that has caused unprecedented angst among Alaskans.

But the payments are not seen as a victory among fishermen, who are still mad about the oil spill as well as the long struggle to win punitive damages from Exxon Mobil Corp.

“It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick,” said William Yankee, a Prince William Sound salmon fisherman who’s on the list for nearly $58,000.

[…]

Riki Ott, a Cordova activist, is listed to receive nearly $29,000 from her past as a salmon gillnetter. These days, she’s busy promoting “Not One Drop,” the latest of her two books on the oil spill.

She said many people in Cordova, the main fishing port in Prince William Sound, are still struggling with the spill’s fallout and won’t be able to let it go until the litigation is over, the Sound’s herring return and people have “an assurance that something like this won’t ever happen again.”

“Closure is more than money,” Ott said.

Exxon Valdez claimants won’t get to keep all the money they’re listed to receive. Fees will be deducted to pay the lawyers who fought Exxon on behalf of the nearly 33,000 fishermen, cannery workers, land owners, Alaska Natives and others who claimed harm from the spill.

Claimants also will have to pay income taxes on whatever punitive damages they receive.

As part of a huge economic bailout plan passed recently, Congress included tax breaks for Exxon Valdez claimants that allow them to stretch out the tax hit over three years and put some of the money into retirement tax shelters.

Read the whole article here.


A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Michael Ableman’s 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops.That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making […] Read More

Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood.Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More
Follow us
Get every new post delivered to your inbox
Join millions of other followers
Powered By WPFruits.com