by Erin Mundahl
This week, Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), the non-profit group engaged in litigation and public education on energy and environmental issues continued its slow pursuit of records relating to former Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s involvement in the ExxonKnew campaign. For more than a year, E&E Legal has been pursuing a Freedom of Information Act request for public records relating to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s “climate-RICO,” a scheme to punish companies, including Exxon for purportedly covering up the existence of global warming. Sorrell, who participated in the case during his time as Attorney General, skipped a deposition earlier in the month but sat for one on Monday morning.
“We’re going to have to go back to court and argue over whether the answers he gave were sufficient or not,” said Matt Harding, chief counsel for E&E Legal. “We didn’t really get the answers we were looking for at the deposition.”