Democrats and environmentalists aren't happy that a court ruled the Exxon Mobil pollution case settlement is "fair, reasonable, in the public interest" and in accordance with the Spill Compensation and Control Act. But why isn't $225 million enough?
The price tag for cleaning up two petroleum refineries in northern New Jersey will cost Exxon Mobil much more than the $225 million settlement brokered by Gov. Chris Christie's administration, but critics of the proposal say it could be years until it's clear how much the company eventually will have to pay.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne were posted online Monday, starting the clock on a legal process that will stretch into June and giving vocal opponents an opportunity to persuade a judge to kill the deal.
Standing at the edge of a park that separates a blue-collar neighborhood of modest single-family homes from a highway and a former Exxon Mobil refinery site, Arlene Dudas pointed to a spot where kids used to skate on a frozen pond each winter. It's a spot she says she can't say for certain was left untouched by contamination from the refineries.
SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday defended a settlement with Exxon Mobil on a decade-old lawsuit for a fraction of the nearly $9 billion the state had sought for environmental damage, calling the deal "really good."