"The weak link is the soft squidgy bit — us — at the controls."
- STEPHEN MUDGE,a senior scientist at Exponent International, on human error being part of the equation of huge oil spills; it has been 20 years since the Exxon Valdez supertanker ran aground in Alaska, spilling 38,000 tons of crude oil
"This is a knife in the gut."
- ANDREW WILLS,of Alaska, one of the plaintiffs in the long-running Exxon-Valdez lawsuit, on the Supreme Court's decision to slash punitive damages from $2.5 billion to around $500 million
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