Two U.S. congressmen have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate ExxonMobil for allegedly failing to disclose information about climate change.
According to the L.A Times, California representatives Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking the DOJ to asses whether the firm failed to disclose “truthful information” about climate change.
Citing reports published by the L.A. Times, Inside Climate News and Columbia University’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project, the congressmen are asking the DOJ to investigate whether Exxon violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO.
The congressmen also want federal officials to determine if Exxon violated shareholder protection, public health, truth in advertising, consumer protection and other laws, the L.A Times said.
The investigations cited in the letter allege that Exxon utilized research about climate change when making operational and planning decisions while also publicly down playing the science on global warming.
An Exxon spokesperson told the Times the allegations in the letter are “completely without merit.”
“We unequivocally reject allegations contained in the letter to Attorney General Lynch from Representatives Lieu and DeSaulnier,” an Exxon spokesperson told the paper.
The DOJ has not commented on the matter yet.
Exxon recently sold its refinery in Torrance, California that was damaged by a blast last February that also injured four people.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health ordered ExxonMobil to pay $566,600 in fines in August for violations tied blast.
Cal/OSHA issued 19 citations to Exxon Mobil Refining & Supply Company for workplace safety and health violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion.