Folks in Florida have been reporting oil smell and a black oily substance in the rain which is probably benzene from evaporation of the crude oil.
Benzene, which was encountered in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, was responsible for detrimental health effects on clean up workers who were among the 32,000 fishermen and Alaska Natives who had been waiting for nearly 20 years to hear whether Exxon Mobil Corp. would have to pay punitive damages for grounding the tanker on Bligh Reef and spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the fishing waters of Prince William Sound.
By ERIKA BOLSTAD / Anchorage Daily News
Published: June 26th, 2008 12:25 AM
WASHINGTON — In a victory for corporations seeking to limit big-dollar lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sharply reduced the $2.5 billion in punitive damages awarded in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. An Anchorage jury originally set the award at $5 billion in 1994, but that was cut in half on appeal. The court reduced the award to $507.5 million.
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