01 Jul '11, 2pm

Environmental Enforcement: Exxon to Pay $495m in Damages For Md. Leak

A court in Baltimore has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay $495 million for damages caused to 160 Jacksonville, Md., families following an underground gas leak in 2006, reports The Baltimore Sun . The families are suing the oil giant for claims of lost property value, emotional distress and medical monitoring following the leak, which occurred over 37 days in January and February 2006, according to Reuters . And damages could continue to grow. The Circuit County Court began work on Thursday to decide on damages due to the families for what it termed “fraud”, including misleading county officials and community members about the equipment the gas station had on site and the reasons behind its closure. As a result awarded damages to the families could rise several time higher, according to The Sun. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Charles G. Bernstein of the Peter G. Angelos firm, urged jury...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/07/01/environment...

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