Puerto Rico Government To Receive Payment From Gas Companies Esso Standard and ExxonMobil In Relation To Claims That The Two Polluted The Island’s Water
Oil giants Esso Standard Oil Co. and ExxonMobil Corp. have agreed to pay the United States territory Puerto Rico government $25 million as settlement to the allegations that the two were responsible for harming the island’s bodies of water and causing environmental damage.
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Shell Oil Co. Settlement
The settlement resulted from litigation lasting for more than a decade that accused Esso and ExxonMobil of polluting Puerto Rico’s water sites with a chemical additive that they used on their gasoline products.
The chemical in the middle of the Esso & ExxonMobil Puerto Rico Settlement is the additive called Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether or MTBE.
Experts agree that MTBE can easily contaminate water sources, resulting in a compromised drinking water quality for human consumption. Water that is contaminated by MTBE is said to have a foul taste and displeasing smell.
Additionally, MTBE is said to quickly spread into different water sources and is very stubborn to any removal and clean-up efforts. Medical professionals also claim that MTBE is potentially cancerous.
The territory government of Puerto Rico sued the two oil companies Esso Standard Oil Co. and ExxonMobil Corp., in the mid-2000s raising claims that the duo was behind the widespread contamination of many places in the island archipelago.
Government officials pressed charges against the oil companies complaining that they violated a series of laws and statutes, including but not limited to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Puerto Rico Environmental Policy Act, and others.
According to early reports circulating online, the payment will be subdivided into parts that would be paid in tranches to the Puerto Rico territory government.
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About Esso Standard Oil Co. and ExxonMobil Corp.
Esso Standard Oil Co. is a San Juan-based company that focuses on providing wholesale petroleum product offerings ranging from fuel, gasoline, and the like.
Meanwhile, ExxonMobil Corp. is a giant in the gas and energy industry. Based in Irving, Texas, the company was established in late 1999 after Mobil and Exxon merged their businesses together. Headed by the company CEO Darren Woods since 2017, ExxonMobil Corp. has a multinational presence and is being publicly traded in the New York Stock Exchange.
Editor’s Note on Esso & ExxonMobil Puerto Rico Settlement 2021:
This settlement article features the latest news regarding the lawsuit filed by the Puerto Rico territory government against energy companies Esso Standard and ExxonMobil, alleging the two need to take responsibility for the damages they have caused to the island’s water resources.
Case Name(s) & No.: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Shell Oil Co. et al.; Case No.: 3:07-cv-01505
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Products/Services Involved: MTBE Dispposal
Allegation(s): Gas companies Esso Standard Oil Co. and ExxonMobil Corp. ruined Puerto Rico’s water sources with the chemical MTBE present in their fuel products.
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