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Annapolis sues 26 oil and gas companies for their role in contributing to climate change


The City of Annapolis is suing 26 oil and gas companies for what it calls the costs and consequences of climate change, including increased flooding at City Dock. The city filed the ,lawsuit Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

It names some of the biggest in the fossil fuel industry, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell and the American Petroleum Institute. Similar lawsuits have begun to pop up across the country. Annapolis is the 25th state or local government to file such a lawsuit, the city said.

The city will argue the companies violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and five other actions, including public and private nuisance, negligence, failure to warn and trespass, according to a city news release.

“This lawsuit is all about accountability and determining who should pay the high costs of dealing with climate change,” Mayor Gavin Buckley said in the announcement.

“Annapolis residents and businesses pay the price for the damage inflicted on our infrastructure due to increased flooding caused by sea-level rise. Fossil fuel companies knew the danger, concealed their knowledge, and reaped the […]

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