Massachusetts environmental advocacy group sues ExxonMobil

FILE - This April 29, 2014, file photo shows an Exxon sign at a mini-mart in Dormont, Pa. Exxon Mobil Corp. is fighting against government investigators who believe the company covered up knowledge of how fossil fuels contribute to climate change. Exxon went to state court in Texas on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, to seek to quash a subpoena issued last month by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company says the investigation violates its constitutional rights to speak freely and to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts environmental advocacy group is suing ExxonMobil for what it calls “a decades-long campaign to discredit climate change.”

Conservation Law Foundation President Brad Campbell said Tuesday the company’s strategy of publicly denying the risks that its own scientists have known about for decades has harmed local communities, including neighborhoods near its Everett facility.

ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers calls the lawsuit part of a “well-publicized, coordinated assault on ExxonMobil’s reputation” that he says includes deliberately inaccurate reporting on the company’s nearly 40 years of publicly conducted climate research.

Jeffers says the Everett terminal complies with federal and state environmental standards, including monitoring and treatment of ground water.

In March, Attorney General Maura Healey said she was investigating whether the company deceived the public and investors about the effects of climate change.

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