The Telegram (St. John's)

Canadian energy company named in California climate-related lawsuit

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A Canadian energy company is named in three massive lawsuits that attempt to link damages suffered from climate change to industry’s attempts to slow action on the issue. Calgary-based Encana is among 20 internatio­nal energy majors and their subsidiari­es that face claims from three California communitie­s.

They say the companies have deliberate­ly sown misinforma­tion and doubt on climate change and are at least partially responsibl­e for related damages, such as shoreline erosion.

The lawsuits, filed Monday in California, draw on legal precedents used against tobacco companies.

Legal scholars say the cases also use new arguments and are being closely watched.

They are the latest in a growing number of such lawsuits around the world.

A recent United Nations study counted more than 600 cases in 24 countries regarding climate science and mitigation efforts.

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