Shell Documents Back Up Plaintiff Claims in Rhode Island Climate Suit

In a recently revealed internal document, Shell Oil acknowledged in 1988 the need to “defend against a sea level rise” and other impacts of climate change. That document could now play a major role in a climate change-related lawsuit currently pending against the company.

The acknowledgment came in a company report entitled “The Greenhouse Effect,” which was marked confidential but is among 38 documents recently unearthed by Jelmer Mommers, a climate and energy journalist for the Dutch news organization De Correspondent. It contains information directly relevant to a suit filed against the company last year in federal court in Rhode Island by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), which alleged Shell has failed to protect the Providence Terminal from the impacts of sea level rise.

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