After the state of Arkansas, along with the United States, filed a complaint against ExxonMobil on June 13 following the oil spill, ExxonMobil moved to dismiss all claims. Aaron Sadler with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office said both parties are now waiting on a judge’s ruling on ExxonMobil’s motion.
Aaron Stryk, communications and media advisor for ExxonMobil, said the company filed the motion to dismiss on Aug. 23 because the lawsuit does not support sufficient claims, according to ExxonMobil.
The AG’s response to the motion to dismiss says both the air and water pollution caused by the pipeline rupture violated Arkansas laws.
“In addition,” the document continues, “After that pollution occurred, and the Defendants’ cleanup began, the Defendants violated yet another state law regarding the storage of the hazardous waste created by the spill.”
Sadler said the AG’s office is working with ExxonMobil on scheduling matters while they wait for the judge’s ruling.
Stryk said the filing of the motion to dismiss is part of the normal legal process.
“Our responsibilities are unaffected by that motion,” he said. “We expect to have continuous dialogue and cooperate with federal and state agencies.”
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