Exxon Sued Again, This Time for Polluting Mystic River


ExxonMobil

is facing a first-of-its-kind

lawsuit

for failing to account for the risks from

climate change

to its fuel storage terminal outside Boston. The

Conservation Law Foundation

(CLF) claims that

sea level rise

and accompanying storm surges could damage the facility and lead to further pollution of the Mystic River.


Photo of ExxonMobil’s Everett facility on the Mystic River in Massachusetts.


Conservation Law Foundation

“Communities were put in danger and remain in danger, all to cut costs for one of the most profitable corporations in the world,” CLF president Bradley Campbell

said



. “It’s time to make Exxon answer for decades of false statements to the public and to regulators and ensure that its Everett facility meets its legal obligation to protect thousands of people and the Boston Harbor estuary from toxic water pollution.”


Exxon is already under

investigation by the SEC

and a group of state attorneys generals for allegedly misleading its shareholders and the public about climate change.

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“As a mom and a representative of my community, I feel I have a responsibility to protect my kids and those I serve against the impacts of pollution in our water,” Damali Vidot, Chelsea City, Massachusetts councilor-at-large, said. “I’m standing with CLF today because I believe Exxon must be held accountable for its actions.”


Watch this short video about the case:


For a deeper dive:


AP

,

The Hill

,

Buzzfeed

,

Think Progress

,

Mashable

,

Boston Globe

,

Boston Herald

,

Huffington Post


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