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Exxon Mobil to Face New Lawsuit over Spill

An environmental group and several city politicians are planning to file a new lawsuit against Exxon Mobil

An environmental group and several city politicians are planning to file a new lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over its handling of a huge underground oil spill in the city's Brooklyn borough? Associated Press reported.

Exxon has already faced a series of legal challenges related to the slick, which lies below the neighborhood of Greenpoint and dates from a centurylong period when the area was home to refineries.

Over more than a decade, the company has used a pumping system to siphon about 9.3 million gallons (35.2 million liters) of oil from the borough's water table, shrinking a plume believed to contain at least 17 million gallons (64.4 million liters) before work began.

The new lawsuit, to be filed by plaintiffs including the environmental group Riverkeeper, would accuse the company of violating federal law by failing to ensure that water ejected into the Newtown Creek by the cleanup system is free of pollutants.