NH AG says Shell Oil owes state for cleanup costs

New Hampshire attorney general says Shell Oil Co. owes state $2.4 million in cleanup costs

Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's attorney general is suing Shell Oil Co. seeking reimbursement of $2.4 million in cleanup costs, saying the company did not disclose that it had insurance coverage for those costs.

Attorney General Joseph Foster says Shell owned or operated gas stations in New Hampshire from the 1930s through 1998, and there were costs involved to clean up spills.

Foster says that in claiming costs for cleanup, Shell did not disclose the existence of the insurance policies and failed to attach copies of those policies to its claim forms.

Foster notes in the lawsuit Tuesday that Shell sued its various insurance companies for failure to cover cleanup costs and collected a total of $414 million in settlement money between 1994 and 1999.

Foster filed the lawsuit in Merrimack Superior Court.

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