Delaware Attorney General Sues Oil Companies for Climate Change Costs

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings has announced a lawsuit against 31 fossil fuel companies for what she calls “the mess they’ve made” relating to climate change impacts on the first state.

The Attorney General announced the suit against numerous companies, including Exxon-Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute.

The complaint asserts four state law causes of action against the defendants including negligent failure to warn, trespass, public nuisance and “numerous violations” regarding consumer fraud.

In the Delaware Superior Court complaint obtained by Delmarva News Network, Attorney General Jennings says “As a direct and proximate consequence of Defendants’ wrongful conduct described in this Complaint, the environment in and around Delaware is changing, with devastating adverse impacts on the State and its residences, particularly communities of color and low-income communities.”

The Attorney General highlights numerous impacts of climate change including loss of beaches due to seal level rise.