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In a court filing made on Wednesday, government attorneys said patches of lingering oil that remain can no longer be considered an impediment to the recovery of sea otters or harlequin ducks or a significant ongoing threat to their now-restored populations in the area affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
A 25-year decline in Alaska North Slope oil production has meant less oil in Alyeska Pipeline Services’ 800-mile pipeline, causing additional corrosion.
In his weekly book review, Houston Chronicle business columnist Loren Steffy reviews New Yorker writer Steve Coll’s ‘Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power’.
The safety program Bob Dudley unveiled today sounds similar to one Exxon put in place after the Valdez disaster — but it will take years to know if it works.