April 12, 2016
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress Albany
New York, NY – A $10.75 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Oil Corporation has been reached. These funds will reimburse the New York State Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund (Oil Spill Fund) for oil spill cleanup and petroleum contamination removal costs at eight locations across the state.
“This settlement transfers the responsibility of eight oil spill cleanups from taxpayers to the spiller, where it belongs,” said DiNapoli. “The Oil Spill Fund is designed to help protect our families and our communities from the consequences of oil spills, because New Yorkers shouldn’t have to bear the burden of these costs.”
The settlement reimburses the New York State Oil Spill Fund for all of its costs with interest for illegal oil dumping at eight former gas stations in locations across the state. The Oil Spill Fund began paying for remediation of the oldest of the spill locations in 1989. The Fund is responsible for the expeditious cleanup of petroleum spills and is used to compensate victims for their financial losses.
“Oil spills are costly and dangerous to our communities,” said Schneiderman. “This settlement ensures that the state will not be forced to foot the bill to clean up hazardous oil spills that must be cleaned up to keep our families safe.”