Multnomah County, Oregon is suing oil and gas companies for their role in the 2021 heat dome, saying in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the companies’ emissions played a significant role in causing the heat dome. extreme heat event for several days. end of June and beginning of July 2021.
The county, which includes the city of Portland, is seeking more than $51 billion in damages to pay for costs associated with future extreme heat events as well as to study, plan, and “weatherproof” against extreme heat.
Companies named in the lawsuit include Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), chevron (NYSE: CLC), Shell (SHEL), BP (BP) and ConocoPhillips (COP).
Chevron (CVX) said in a statement that the lawsuit makes “new and baseless allegations”, is unconstitutional and unfairly targets “an industry and group of companies engaged in lawful activities that provide enormous benefits to society. “.
Temperatures during the 2021 heat dome event reached a record high of 116 degrees Fahrenheit, causing extensive property damage and resulting in the deaths of 69 people.
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear requests from Exxon (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and others to move lawsuits brought by state and local governments accusing oil companies to exacerbate climate change from state to federal courts.