Exxon Corp. and state and federal officials have agreed to a broad framework for settling the governments' civil claims involving the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a state official said Wednesday.

Alaska Attorney General Charles Cole said the settlement is ``in the ballpark' of $1.2 billion to restore natural resources in Prince William Sound and pay for further scientific studies and cleanup.The sound was polluted with nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil when the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in March 1989.

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