CLF denounces political stunt and stands behind Healey
July 14, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to U.S. Representative Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) subpoena of all records relating to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s investigation into ExxonMobil’s decades of fraudulent behavior. Rep. Smith, Chairman of the House Science Committee, was joined by several other prominent Republican representatives in announcing the subpoena. CLF is currently fighting a first-in-the-nation lawsuit against ExxonMobil for its neglect of the communities harmed by its facility in Everett, Massachusetts.
“When a corporation spends over 40 years deceiving its shareholders, the public, and the government while putting countless communities in harm’s way, law enforcement leaders like Attorney General Maura Healey have not just the right but the responsibility to investigate whether our laws have been broken,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “Chairman Smith has sullied the venerable House Science Committee, corruptly using his office to coddle campaign donor ExxonMobil and other lawbreakers.”
On May 17, CLF became the first organization in the country to announce a lawsuit against ExxonMobil since revelations about the company’s climate deceit became public last September. More information about CLF’s lawsuit can be found here. A recent Huffington Post column about Attorney General Healey’s investigation by Bradley Campbell and Kelsey Wirth, co-founder and chair of Mothers Out Front, can be read here.
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