Exxon Agrees to Settlement Over Newtown Creek Contamination
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is announcing a settlement Wednesday afternoon of federal litigation against Exxon Mobil for contaminating parts of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Over several decades, 17 to 30 million gallons of oil has leaked into the Newtown Creek and the soil from the company's refinery and storage facilities.
The consent decree calls on Exxon Mobil to fully clean up the spill. The company will also pay $25 million in fines, some of which will go towards environmental projects to benefit the Greenpoint community.
In a statement, the environmental watchdog group Riverkeeper says, "The agreement — or Consent Decree — being announced today was catalyzed by an eight-year Riverkeeper enforcement campaign and will result in a comprehensive cleanup and major community benefit after years of inaction and neglect by prior administrations."