Group is suing ExxonMobil over climate change. ExxonMobil is being sued by a Boston-based environmental group that says the company has polluted the Mystic River and failed to consider the potential impacts of climate change.
The lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday by Conservation Law Foundation accuses the petroleum company of violating the Federal Clean Water Act and other federal environmental laws in operating its Everett, Massachusetts, fuel terminal.
The lawsuit alleges the company has ignored an “imminent” threat posed by rising sea levels, which could leave much of the terminal underwater in the event of a hurricane or other major storm.
The foundation announced its intent to file suit in May. Group is suing ExxonMobil over climate change
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment but has previously said the Everett facility was in compliance with federal rules. Climate variability includes all the variations in the climate that last longer than individual weather events, whereas the term climate change only refers to those variations that persist for a longer period of time, typically decades or more. In the time since the industrial revolution, the climate has increasingly been affected by human activities that are causing global warming and climate change.