Residents discuss Exxon settlement at site of contamination

Lesniak to discuss Exxon settlement at contamination site (File Photo)

Lesniak to discuss Exxon settlement at contamination site (File Photo) (3/13/15)

LINDEN - (AP) - Lawmakers and residents of one of the areas contaminated by Exxon Mobil refineries are vowing to fight a recent settlement reached by the company and the state.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, other lawmakers and residents of Linden stood in a park across a highway from the refineries on Friday to slam the $225 million settlement announced last week by Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

New Jersey had initially sought nearly $9 billion from Exxon in the 10-year-old lawsuit, and was awaiting a judge's ruling when the settlement was reached.

That angered Lesniak and other lawmakers who say the state settled for too little.

One Linden resident says she and others still don't know what level of contamination might be in the groundwater below their homes and parks.

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