The trustees reached a settlement with Pearl Shipping Corporation and Anax International Agencies, Inc. (the
responsible parties) for natural resource damages. Pursuant to the
consent decree, dated December 13,1999, the responsible parties
placed $5,518,000 into an interest bearing account. Of the total settlement, approximately $3,913,000 will be used to restore natural
resources injured by the oil spill.
The trustees have committed to spending these funds for designing, implementating, obtaining permits for (as
necessary), monitoring, and overseeing natural resource damage assessment
restoration projects, and for the costs of conducting the restoration planning
and implementation process. The trustees share joint responsibilities regarding
the injured seabirds and habitat and lost human use, and they have entered into
a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to conduct restoration.
Pursuant to the MOU, the trustees have released the Command Oil Spill Final Restoration Plan
and Environmental Assessment. The trustees will use approximately
$2,850,000 to fund restoration projects benefiting seabirds, particularly
common murres. Approximately $400,000 will be allocated for restoration
projects benefiting marbled murrelets, and approximately $200,000 will be
allocated for restoration projects benefiting shoreline habitat and human use.
This allocation may be adjusted based on postsettlement assessment work to be
completed as part of the restoration planning process.