Rep. Olson Explains Surprising Comment on Exxon Spill

Posted: April 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Representative Kurt Olson made headlines across the state last week, after some comments made to an Exxon official during a hearing over oil tax reform regarding the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound…


Rep. Olson(R-Soldotna): “The comment I made, as made to an Exxon producer and it was addressed to the fact that there are two forms of Exxon. There is the shipping company and the production company. When the spill happened, both companies were dragged into it, ultimately and for obvious reasons, Exxon was liable, there were other players that shared in the ‘perfect storm’ if you want to call it that.  The Coast Guard, or just about anybody that wouldn’t make a decision. We went a week or so before anyone could decide what to do. Ultimately it was about the shipping company, if the ship had been named the Valdez Sunflower or something like that, Exxon still would have been liable, but it would have shown the difference between the two entities.”

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5 Comments to “Rep. Olson Explains Surprising Comment on Exxon Spill”

  • Exxon Shill says:

    Sure did sound like Olson was sucking up to Big Oil. Thanks for trying to lay the blame on the Coast Guard, spoken like an Insurance agent trying to weasel out of a claim. It is time for a recall petition to remove the undo influence of Big Oil from our Capitol; We can take back our legislature with a Recall!!!!!

  • Exxon Shill says:

    Listen to Olson pander to Exxon, make up your own mind on how he behaved.!

  • Sweetie says:

    YES, we need to start a Recall process on Olson. He is obviously bought and owned by the oil companies. Where is the FBI when we need them!

  • Joe Mitchell says:

    What makes any of you think a recall would work? Has anyone ever come within 20 points of him in an election?

  • Tim says:

    Replace him at the next election and that’s all I have to say.