NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – ExxonMobil Corp. and ExxonMobil Oil Corp. will pay $10.75 million to the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund (Oil Spill Fund) for oil cleanup at multiple locations in New York, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced.
“Oil spills are costly and dangerous to our communities,” Schneiderman said. “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.”
The spill sites were operated as gas stations. The eight sites involved in the case are Hilltop Service Station in Mahopac (Putnam County); Joe’s Country Convenience Store in Campbell Hall (Orange County); Raceway Exxon in Monticello (Sullivan County); Courtney George Service Station in Albany (Albany County); Zanella’s Market Hill Service in Amsterdam (Montgomery County); Harry’s Service Station in Jordan (Onondaga County); Scio Mini Mart in Scio (Allegany County); and Boller’s Auto Sales in West Seneca (Erie County).
“This settlement transfers the responsibility of eight oil spill cleanups from taxpayers to the spiller, where it belongs,” Comptroller DiNapoli said. “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. I thank Attorney General Schneiderman and his staff for their important work on behalf of the Oil Spill Fund.”
ExxonMobil will need to address all future remediation activities at four of the sites that still need cleanup efforts.