Cuccinelli Abused the Office of Attorney General to Advance the Interests of the Fossil Fuel Industry

Richmond, VA — A Federal Court judge has issued an opinion stating she was “shocked” that Cuccinelli’s office was assisting natural gas companies in a law suit between those companies and Virginia land owners who have alleged that the gas companies removed gas from under their land without compensation, bilking the land owners out of natural gas royalty dollars.

In response, Glen Besa, Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter Director, issued the following statement:

“Frankly, we at the Sierra Club are not shocked at all by this latest revelation.

“Almost from first day he was elected, Attorney General Cuccinelli has abused his office on behalf of fossil fuel polluters.  Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent in unnecessary litigation costs as Cuccinelli pursued frivolous suits against the Environmental Protection Agency and even the University of Virginia, all in the name of publicity, climate denial and political gamesmanship.

“Just this year Cuccinelli issued an official advisory opinion siding with the natural gas industry over local governments.

“So, one has to wonder, whose interests are Attorney General Cuccinelli representing? The people of Virginia or the fossil fuel industry?”

Contact:
Glen Besa, 804-387-6001
Maggie Kao, maggie.kao@sierraclub.org

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