Shell on Hot Seat in Climate Suit Seeking Fortified Facility

June 27, 2018, 6:13 PM

A Shell Oil terminal in Providence, R.I., is not vulnerable to climate-induced storm surges, the company told a federal judge, seeking to bat away a lawsuit pushing for the facility to be fortified.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 28, 2017, by the nonprofit Conservation Law Foundation, alleges Shell Oil Product’s 75-acre gas and oil terminal at the mouth of Narragansett Bay has not been properly reinforced to guard against more intense storms brought on by climate change.

The petroleum stored there could be released during a big storm, such as happened in 2011, sending pollutants cascading into Narragansett Bay, in ...

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