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Ogdensburg fort group “blind sided” by ExxonMobil settlement

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OGDENSBURG - The president of the Fort La Présentation Association said she was “blind sided” by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s announcement Friday of an $8.05 million settlement with the ExxonMobil Oil Corp. for the clean-up of a former oil storage facility at Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg.

The energy company will reimburse the state for costs for the site’s 2006-2007 cleanup of an oil storage facility in Ogdensburg on a peninsula along the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie rivers. The financial settlement will go toward the costs incurred by the state’s Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund in the state comptroller’s office to investigate and remediate the oil spill.

But Barbara J. O’Keefe said the Association was promised a $2.25 million spill fund share of a $6 million settlement with ExxonMobil in December 2006 that never came through and was replaced by Friday’s agreement that left out the fort group.

“I’m totally blind sided,” she said. “I’m totally disappointed that we weren’t part of the settlement.”

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