La. Citizens Can't Sue To Clean Groundwater: Exxon

Law360, New York (September 29, 2009, 1:14 PM EDT) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked a federal judge to toss a Louisiana landowner's claim for damages to clean groundwater allegedly tainted by the oil giant, contending that citizens can't reap money for restoring a state-owned resource.

The oil giant filed a partial motion to dismiss landowner Sweet Lake Land and Oil Co.'s damages claim for groundwater cleanup Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Louisiana's Act 312 — which requires compliance with the Department of Natural Resources by private parties involving...
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