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Shell Rethinks $90M Toxic Contamination Settlement Over Secrecy Issues

Just days ago, we re-published an article from The Daily Breeze about Shell’s $90 million settlement with nearly 1500 residents of Carson, California, arising from a contamination class action lawsuit stemming from a former Shell oil tank farm.

A housing development was built over the remains of the buried tank farm in the 1960s.

Widespread petroleum contamination was subsequently discovered beneath hundreds of the homes in 2008 and residents sought compensation for decades of poor health and declining home values due to the contamination. They claimed they and their pets had been made seriously ill with ailments such as cancer, blood disorders and many other conditions.

Shell is apparently now having second thoughts about the settlement because the court has refused to allow the terms of the agreement to remain confidential.

In other words, Shell wanted to keep the settlement details secret, no doubt anxious about the prospect of further litigation from other contaminated sites.


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