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State ex rel. Graddick v. Jebsen S. (U.K.) Ltd.

Citation: 10 ELR 20393
No. No. 78-364, 377 So. 2d 940/(Ala., 11/30/1979)

The Alabama Supreme Court affirms the dismissal, for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, of an action brought by the State of Alabama under the Alabama Water Improvement Act to recover civil penalties for pollution caused by the collision of a ship with an oil pipeline. The court holds that the statute, which requires every person who "wishes to begin discharging" pollution into state waters to obtain a permit, encompasses only intentional discharges and thus does not authorize the imposition of penalties for a negligent oil spill such as the one in this case. The court notes that lesser penalties for unintentional discharges are avaiable under other Alabama statutes.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Charles Graddick, Attorney General; Ben Cohen, Gil Kendricks, David Ludder, Ass't Attorneys General
250 Administration Bldg., Montgomery AL 36130
(205) 834-5150

Counsel for Defendants
Sidney H. Schell, Gregory F. Wood
Pillans, Reams, Tappan, Wood, Roberts & Vollmer
P.O. Box 8158, Mobile AL 36608
(205) 344-4721

William M. Moore, Rae M. Crowe
Ambrecht, Jackson, DeMouy, Crowe, Holmes & Reeves
P.O. Box 290, Mobile AL 36601
(205) 432-6751

G. Sage Lyons, J. P. Courtney III
Lyons, Pipes & Cook
P.O. Drawer 2727, Mobile AL 36601
(205) 432-4482

TORBERT, C.J., and JONES, SHORES and BEATTY, JJ., concur.