Exxon ordered to pay 500 million dollars in interest over the Exxon Valdez disaster

The Federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco has condemned Monday the U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil to pay about $ 500 million as interest (5.9% from 1996) on "punitive damages" that Exxon was ordered to pay for the disaster of the tanker Exxon Valdez on 24 March 1989 in Alaska.
In June 2008, Exxon was ordered to pay 507.5 million dollars, as "punitive damages" (punitive damages) to over 33,000 people (fishermen and natives of Alaska, contractors etc..) Who had claimed compensation for the disaster Exxon Valdez (approximately $ 15,000 per person).
Following the impact against the reef in the Strait of Prince William opened a hole in the Exxon Valdez spill from which 41.64 million liters of oil that went to pollute 1930 kilometers (1200 miles) of coastline.
Following the accident is estimated to have killed thousands of seabirds and other animals.
Initially, the Exxon was ordered to pay 5 billion dollars in damages that were reduced after an exhausting legal battle, to 507.5 million dollars.

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