Lawsuit: ExxonMobil polluted river, ignored climate change

BOSTON – 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.

In a statement, ExxonMobil said it would fight the lawsuit, calling it an attempt to “promote a political agenda” through the courts.

The foundation announced its intent to file suit in May.