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TRENTON—A Superior Court judge upheld the state’s claims seeking damages from ExxonMobil for harm to the environment and loss of natural resources caused by its refinery operations in Linden and Bayonne, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced earlier this month.

Superior Court Judge Ross R. Anzaldi rejected a motion by ExxonMobil to dismiss the state’s claims on grounds that the state should only be able to seek restoration of, and compensation for, natural resources damaged after enactment of the Spill Act in 1977, Milgram said.

“This is a significant ruling, because it affirms the state’s position that polluters who have damaged natural resources prior to passage of the Spill Act cannot simply walk away—they have an obligation to restore those natural resources, and to compensate the people of New Jersey for losses while the resources were polluted,” said Milgram.

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ELIZABETH – A Union County judge has ruled that the ExxonMobil Corporation is liable for polluting the waterways, wetlands and marshes on and near its former refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne.

Superior Court Judge Ross R. Anzaldi found that ExxonMobil had contaminated both sites through active disposal and accidental spills of hazardous substances in a ruling on part of a natural resource damage lawsuit filed on behalf of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The amount of damages owed by ExxonMobil will be determined at trial.

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