Rhode Island on 2 July sued several major oil companies, including Exxon Mobil and BP, accusing them of contributing to climate change that is damaging infrastructure and coastal communities in the state.
The lawsuit announced by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin was the first by a state seeking to hold oil companies responsible for costs associated with climate change and followed similar cases by several local governments nationally.
The lawsuit alleged that various oil companies had created a public nuisance in the state and failed to adequately warn customers, consumers, and regulators about the risks posed by their products.
“For a very long time, there has been this perception that ‘Big Oil’ was too big to take on, but here we are—the smallest state—taking on some of the biggest corporate polluters in the world,” Kilmartin said in a statement.
The lawsuit, filed in Providence County Superior Court, named as defendants Exxon, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, and Chevron, among other companies.
Shell, in a statement, said, “lawsuits that masquerade as climate action and impede the collaboration needed for meaningful change” were not the answer to climate change. The other companies did not respond to requests for comment.
Read the full story here.
Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
3 - 4 Dec 2019
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Strategic Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
3 Dec 2019
- Cairo, Egypt
Enhance your understanding of process safety techniques by reserving a place at this 1-day training course
20 - 22 Jul 2020
- Austin, Texas, USA
Take the lead - speak at URTeC 2020
13 - 15 Jan 2020
- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Plan to participate at this unique event
20 - 22 Oct 2020
- Perth, Australia
Abstract Submission deadline 13 January 2020
19 - 20 Feb 2020
- Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Covering issues related to the identification, prevention, and remediation of formation damage
HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.
©2003-2019 Society of Petroleum Engineers, All Rights Reserved.