Processing Magazine

SF sues Exxon Mobil over Fisherman''s Wharf pollution

June 20, 2008
According to the Associated Press, the city of San Francisco is suing Exxon Mobil Corp. over the company''s alleged failure to clean up hazardous pollutants from a fueling depot it once operated at Fisherman''s Wharf.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera''s lawsuit says the Irving, Texas-based oil company broke promises it made to remove hazardous petroleum products from the soil and water at the Wharf site.

Mobil Oil operated a fueling facility there between 1938 and 1992.

The suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court says Exxon''s neglect has contaminated the soil, groundwater, tidal water and sediment of San Francisco Bay.

The city is seeking a court order to force Exxon to clean the site and pay damages and attorneys'' fees.

A spokesman for Exxon said the company had no comment.