2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 8 Dec 2005 20:22:58 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Rocky Mountain Arsenal (CO) natural resource damages
AG seeks to reopen arsenal lawsuit
The state has been unable to reach a deal with the Army and Shell Oil
over pollution damages. Some say the state is owed upward of $100 million.

By Kim McGuire 
Denver Post 
December 7, 2005

The state of Colorado is owed more than $100 million in damages because
of pollution at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, according to documents prepared
for a state legislative committee. 

Today, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is scheduled to appear
before the Joint Budget Committee to ask for $1 million to reopen a
22-year-old lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. and the U.S. Army over
permanent environmental damages they caused at the arsenal northeast of

Suthers has repeatedly declined to discuss how much in damages he plans
to seek. Similarly, officials with Shell have declined to say how much
they'd be willing to pay to resolve the case. 

In briefing papers recently submitted to legislators, however, Joint
Budget Committee staff members wrote that the state's claims are
estimated "at upwards of $100 million." Sources familiar with the
original lawsuit say that amount is overly conservative and may be
closer to $200 million. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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