Exxon decision not justice for fishermen

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008

My name is Kellie Kvasnikoff. I was a commercial fisherman forced into a career change by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. I am now the chief information technology officer for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

In 2006 I published a book on the oil spill entitled "Exxon Valdez 18 Years and Counting." In that book I said that justice for the Exxon Valdez-impacted fishermen should be spelled "Just Us." The law did not help us in our time of need. It hindered us. The law went any way Exxon wished to pull it.

This latest Supreme Court decision on punitive damages (Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker) is more of the same. It is a travesty. It is filled with errors. Bad facts, bad law.

Please help to correct this gross error of the Supreme Court by signing a petition to open an investigation immediately and without delay into the wrongdoings of the Exxon Shipping Co. and specifically the erroneous act of the Supreme Court in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker. You may sign this petition at http://www.rallycongress.com/exxon.

Law made from the bench should be a warning to every American.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Kellie Kvasnikoff


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