Oregon County Sues Fossil Fuel Companies and Consulting Firm For Damages Related to 2021 ‘Heat Dome’

September 5, 2023

In a civil suit filed in Oregon state court in June 2023, an Oregon county is suing more than a dozen large oil, gas and coal companies, seeking more than $50 million in damages, in connection with a 2021 “heat dome” and other recent extreme heat events that the county alleges were caused by the defendants’ contributions to climate change. Multnomah County is also seeking to recover $1.5 billion to pay for potential damage from future extreme heat events and an additional $50 billion to study, plan and protect people and infrastructure from extreme heat.

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