US campaigners are suing energy giant ExxonMobil over an alleged climate cover-up at a Boston storage site.
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is bringing the case, accusing the company of endangering communities along the Mystic River. The 110-acre site is in the Boston suburb of Everett, Massachusetts , and meets the bank of the Mystic River.
CLF says the terminal has released toxics into the water for years, and Exxon has not made improvements necessary to strengthen it against the risks of climate change
ClientEarth lawyer Gillian Lobo said: “The impacts of climate change, particularly from storm surges, are increasingly clear. Companies with high- risk operations must make sure their safety planning is robust and follows the latest science on climate impacts. Reducing risks to human health, local communities and the environment is the only way to avoid legal action, and protect people and the planet.”
CLF claims Exxon is breaking the US federal Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The laws protect the health and safety of people living near or dependent on waterfronts from the risks of climate change.
CLF president Bradley Campbell said: “For more than three decades, ExxonMobil has devoted its resources to deceiving the public about climate science while using its knowledge about climate change to advance its business operations.
“Communities were put in danger and remain in danger, all to cut costs for one of the most profitable corporations in the world. 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.”