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Old 02-08-2007, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default NY to Sue (Exxon Mobil & 2 Others) Over Slow Cleanup of Oil Slick

NY to Sue (Exxon Mobil & 2 Others) Over Slow Cleanup of Oil Slick


The state attorney general notified Exxon Mobil and two other oil companies Thursday that he will sue them over their slow pace in cleaning up a giant, underground petroleum pond.

In a statement, Andrew Cuomo accused Exxon Mobil of leaving a "toxic footprint" in New York City, then doing "as little as possible to address the dangers that it created."

The subterranean slick, hidden beneath more than 50 acres of homes and businesses, is believed to have been floating on Brooklyn's water table for at least half a century, a remnant of refineries that once lined the waterfront.

Exxon accepted responsibility for much of the spill in 1990 and constructed a pumping system that has gradually extracted 9.3 million gallons of oil from the ground. It has said the recovery's delicate nature makes it difficult to extract any faster.

"We take our environmental responsibility very seriously, and we are very committed to cleaning up the site," company spokeswoman Prem Nair said.

The state is suing under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Spokesmen Chevron and BP, which also owned area facilities, objected to being named as defendants and said they also had been actively participating in the cleanup.

The environmentalist group Riverkeeper has campaigned for years for tougher state action against the companies. "Exxon Mobil's days of treating Greenpoint like a dumping ground are numbered," said the organization's president, Alex Matthiessen.
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Old 02-08-2007, 03:28 PM   #2
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But where is poor Exxon/Mobil going to come up with the money to clean up that spill?? I say let taxpayers pay for it instead.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:44 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Hazdaz View Post
But where is poor Exxon/Mobil going to come up with the money to clean up that spill?? I say let taxpayers pay for it instead.
well we're gonna pay for it somehow, if the state wins, Exxon Mobil and the 2 others are just going to raise gas prices "due to maintenance on oil refineries" or some other BS like that.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:29 PM   #4
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They can clean the spill off the profit they published last month...
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