Bayonne set for public hearing on ExxonMobil settlement tomorrow

Two months after beginning its investigation, members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a public meeting on the state’s controversial $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil — at ground-zero of the oil giant’s purported environmental damage footprint.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee will meet on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the City of Bayonne Municipal Council Chambers at 630 Avenue C. It will be the final meeting of the Assembly committee before the 60 day public comment period on the proposed settlement ends this month and heads before a judge.

In a statement, Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27), the committee’s chairman, stressed the significance of the hearing.

“The Assembly has made its voice clear in opposing this settlement, but I also want to make sure those directly impacted by this environmental damage get a chance to make their voices heard,” said McKeon. “This settlement is a slap in the face, especially those who live in the areas affected by the contamination, yet it’s barely a slap on the wrist for Exxon. The public deserves the chance to express their opinion and be heard loud and clear.”

Bayonne set for public hearing on ExxonMobil settlement tomorrow