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CLF says legal action possible against Coakley Landfill Group

The Conservation Law Foundation official has not ruled out taking legal action against the Coakley Landfill Group. Tom Irwin, vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire, said “it’s an option we’ve not dismissed” when asked during an editorial board meeting Wednesday if it’s something CLF has considered. “I’ll just say it’s a possibility at…

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Tillerson Tasked With Global Leadership on Climate Change

“U.S. leadership on climate change is essential to protecting the future of our economy and the safety of our communities, and Rex Tillerson now has the mantle of providing that leadership,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “We must cautiously, if reluctantly, place our faith in his willingness to put the best interests of the nation above those of the industry he championed his entire career. And if he falters, we are ready to challenge him at every turn.”

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MA Court Quashes ExxonMobil Attack on Law Enforcement

“Today’s decision sends a strong signal that no corporation is above the law,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “ExxonMobil has spent decades deceiving the public and gambling the health and safety of communities across the state, and Maura Healey has not just the right but the responsibility to investigate the full extent of the company’s wrongdoing. CLF is proud to stand behind the Attorney General as she works day in and day out to protect the people of Massachusetts from the threat of climate change and those who would seek to ignore it.”

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CLF Sues the Pease Development Authority to Clean Up Toxic Stormwater Pollution
by Jeff Barnum

CLF has filed a lawsuit against the redeveloper of the site of the Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for violating the Clean Water Act. Pollution from the site is fouling local waterways, including the Great Bay estuary, with numerous pollutants, including toxic chemicals of growing concern. From Air Force Base to a…

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Trump’s State pick has a history with Mass. politicians

… In the first lawsuit of its kind, filed in September, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation contends Exxon Mobil has failed to prepare for rising sea levels and severe weather caused by climate change, potentially exposing the public to toxic breaches around its oil terminal on the Mystic River in Everett. While the lawsuit focuses…

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Exxon CEO Expected to Be Nominated for Secretary of State

“President-elect Trump’s reported intention to nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is his latest and most egregious step in turning the federal government, and the stewardship of the global environment, over to a cabal of corporate extremists with proven disdain for science, stewardship, public service, and the common good,”

Conservation Matters Articles
Community Voices: A Message to ExxonMobil

Roseann Bongiovanni is a lifelong Chelsea resident who has led significant environmental justice campaigns for more than 21 years. She is the Executive Director of GreenRoots, Inc., an organization dedicated to achieving environmental and climate justice for Chelsea. Growing up in Chelsea and neighboring Everett, many in our community, myself included, never realized we were…

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Web of Deceit
by Laurie O'Reilly

Holding ExxonMobil Accountable for Its Decades of Climate Denial On January 9, 2006, residents of the Mystic River communities of Chelsea and Everett awoke to find the foul odor of diesel hanging in the air and the river covered in a blue-green sheen. Clearly, one of the local industries that dominate the shores of the…

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Local Residents Call on ExxonMobil to Release Climate Preparedness Plan

“A company that literally rakes in billions in profits each month should not be allowed to transfer the risks and costs associated with an oil spill to people living in the surrounding area,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “We filed suit against ExxonMobil to ensure that such a disaster doesn’t happen for what would be the second time in the company’s history at this location.”

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Exxon Shows True Colors in Response to Mystic River Suit

“In a move straight from ExxonMobil’s standard playbook, the corporation has again chosen a smoke-and-mirrors approach to distract from the truth,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “ExxonMobil’s express indifference to the Mystic River and the communities that line its banks rehearses the corporation’s longstanding culture of disregard for public safety, from Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Boston Harbor. That their lead counsel also authored the Big Tobacco deceit on cancer and cigarettes makes the outrage of ExxonMobil’s response even starker.”