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Climate Suit Against Shell Oil Can Proceed in R.I., Judge Rules

Climate Suit Against Shell Oil Can Proceed in R.I., Judge Rules

  • Suit against Shell alleged it ignored climate change
  • Company had defended operations and infrastructure
Adrianne Appel
Staff Correspondent
Sept. 28, 2020, 6:57 PM: 

An environmental group’s lawsuit can go forward alleging that a Shell Oil Products U.S. oil terminal is vulnerable to climate change’s effects, a federal judge in Rhode Island ruled Monday.

The parties will now pursue the discovery process, marking the first time a private fossil fuel entity will need to fully answer for its knowledge of climate change and the risks it presents in a case involving climate adaptation, according to the Conservation Law Foundation, which filed the lawsuit.

Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island said in an order he was…

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