The past few weeks I've been up to my ears in legalese trying to wrap my head around the fact that Governor Walker allowed Attorney General Richards to drop the 2006 request for payment under the EVOS Reopener Clause. The State representatives stated that since the EVOS Trustee Council has listed sea ducks and sea otters as recovered, then the whole Sound is recovered, and we should move on. As the former mayor of Valdez, Gov. Walker must certainly know better than that.
To add insult to this 26+ year injury, this decision was made without allowing for any public comment, tribal consultation or scientific research submission.
The case is NOT closed. And PWSK is working to bring the public's attention to what we consider the biggest environmental justice issue in Alaska today. We have until June 2016 to get the Gov to change his mind and act on behalf of the public trust, not the Corporation's bottom line.
Towards that end we've asked spill affected communities, Tribes and citizens to submit Resolutions and comments to the Governor asking for a chance to be heard and a reversal of the decision. So far the City of Cordova, the Alutiiq Village of Old Harbor, and the Chugach Regional Resources Commission (representing the 7 PWS Tribes) have done so.
As we come into the New Year we will have 5 months to increase pressure and do what is right for the Sound, and the people who love and depend upon her resources.