Exxon Shows True Colors in Response to Mystic River Suit


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Concedes indifference to health of the river and omits long history of climate denial

December 7, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to ExxonMobil’s Motion to Dismiss CLF’s lawsuit concerning the corporation’s endangerment of the Mystic River. In September, CLF became the first group in the nation to take Exxon to court for its decades-long campaign to deny climate science, focusing on violations of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at Exxon’s Everett Terminal. While Exxon’s Motion to Dismiss is merely a standard procedural response to such a suit, the language contained within it highlights the company’s true feelings on climate change and the safety of Mystic River communities.

“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.”

ExxonMobil’s Motion to Dismiss can be found here, along with a supporting memo here.

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