ANCHORAGE - Plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case should be seeing additional money soon.
A federal judge has approved a second round of punitive damages payments to commercial fishermen and Native subsistence fisherman who were harmed in the 1989 spill outside Port Valdez.
Lawyers overseeing a $383 million partial settlement from Exxon Mobil Corp. distributed $156 million in December.
U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland of Anchorage on Thursday approved a second round of payments totaling $62.5 million to 5,331 claimants.
Court documents don't specify when payments will be made.