Environmental groups and a New Jersey senator have appealed a judge's ruling that they can't intervene in the state's $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over contaminated gas stations and other sites.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 13: A sign advertises an Exxon gas station as the cost of southern California gas continues marching towards the five dollar a gallon mark on June 13, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. Exxon Mobil Corporation, parent of Esso, Mobil and ExxonMobil, has announced that it is getting out of the retail gasoline business, following the lead of other major oil companies selling stations to gasoline distributors. Gas stations will continue using the Exxon and Mobile names though. About 75 percent of the roughly 12,000 Exxon Mobil stations in the U.S. are already owned by branded distributors who buy from Exxon Mobile gas and pay to use the brand's names. Exxon, the world's biggest publicly traded oil company, sells about 14 billion gallons of gas at its branded stations each year in the U.S. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Environment New Jersey, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and state Sen. Raymond Lesniak filed their appeals last week.

Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan said Oct. 9 that he denied their request because they didn't have standing to bring the lawsuit. It's the second time Hogan has denied their petition in a case that stretches back to 2004.

Hogan approved the settlement in August after a 66-day trial and a 60-day public comment period, saying it was a reasonable compromise considering the substantial legal risks the state faced.


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