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NY settles oil spill claim with ExxonMobil

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's attorney general has announced an $8 million settlement with ExxonMobil for the cleanup of oil spilled at Ogdensburg in northern New York.

State officials say the company operated a major oil storage facility that received deliveries by barge from the late 1800s to 1984 on the peninsula along the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie rivers called Lighthouse Point.

Petroleum contamination was found in 2001 around the terminal and underground pipelines connecting to the Oswegatchie River, followed by cleanups in 2006-2007 paid for by the state's Oil Spill Fund.

The settlement was reached last week in state Supreme Court.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Friday it's only right that corporations pay for damage they caused to New York's natural resources.

ExxonMobil spokesman Todd Spitler says the company is pleased to reach the settlement with the state.