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Grossly Inadequate? Christie Administration Environmental Agreement With Exxon Mobile Being Challenged

Grossly Inadequate? Christie Administration Environmental Agreement With Exxon Mobile Being Challenged
BY RICHARD McGRATH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Reacting to a reported settlement by the Christie Administration with Exxon Mobil that would allow the oil company to pay only $250 million for $8.9 billion in environmental damage, Senator Raymond Lesniak vowed to challenge the settlement "every step of the way until the state gets just compensation for the damage done by the company's Bayway and Bayonne refineries to more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, meadows and waterways destroyed or damaged"

"I grew up under that giant Exxon sign in the Bayway section of Elizabeth and feel personally offended at this weak effort by the Christie Administration in securing fair compensation for the extensive contamination admittedly done by Exxon Mobile to our environment," said Senator Lesniak.  "They are settling for three cents on the dollar in a case where Exxon's responsibility has already been established. This is a grossly inadequate amount of compensation that lets the mega oil company off the hook."

The lawsuits, originally filed in 2004 by the state Department of Environmental Protection and aggressively pursued by three administrations, went to trial last year with Exxon's liability already established. With a Superior Court judge expected to rule on damages, the Christie Administration asked the court to hold off on its decision. A news account by The New York Times disclosed the reported $250 million settlement.

(http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/nyregion/exxon-mobil-settles-with-new-jersey-over-environmental-damage.html?referrer=)

 

Wavy Jet Stream Driving Our Extreme Weather?

Wavy Jet Stream Driving Our Extreme Weather?
BY KIRK MOORE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Prolonged cold snaps on the East Coast, California drought and frozen mornings in the South all have something in common – the atmospheric jet stream which...

Update on Oil Drilling Explorations off the Atlantic Coast

Update on Oil Drilling Explorations off the Atlantic Coast
BY CHRISTINE BRENNAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), along with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), applauded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Mana...

Trying to Stop the Barbaric Treatment of Sharks

Trying to Stop the Barbaric Treatment of Sharks
BY RICHARD McGRATH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senator Raymond Lesniak that would prohibit the sale or distribution of shark fins was approved by a Senate committe...

The Science Behind Romance, Lust and Love

The Science Behind Romance, Lust and Love
BY ROBIN LALLY
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSSEYNEWSROOM.COM

With Valentine’s Day just a day away, love, romance and the yearning for a satisfying relationship often becomes more magnified than at other times durin...

Christie's Ratings Drop to All-Time Lows

Christie's Ratings Drop to All-Time Lows
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOMCOM

As Chris Christie attempts to build a following among national Republicans in preparation for an expected 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey voters have soured on the gov...

Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens to See Even Greater Sea Level Rise: Report

Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens to See Even Greater Sea Level Rise: Report
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A new report says climate change will have a major effect on New York by the end of the century.

It may be freezing cold outside these days, but the information says tem...

Time to Crack Down on Illegal Telemarketing

Time to Crack Down on Illegal Telemarketing
BY TOM HESTER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – N.J. Legislation Assembly Democrats Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak and Daniel Benson sponsored to create an investigative section of the Division of Consum...

Jersey-Mars Connection: Cassandra Morphy Trying to One-Up N.J.'s Buzz Aldrin

Jersey-Mars Connection: Cassandra Morphy Trying to One-Up N.J.'s Buzz Aldrin
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Montclair native Buzz Aldrin became the second person to walk on the moon in 1969. Aldrin, now 85, was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2008.

To this point A...

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