As gas companies prepare pollution settlements, New Jersey voters limit how they can be spent

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DANIEL C. VOCK / GOVERNING – New Jersey is likely on the cusp of receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from companies settling pollution lawsuits. The largest of those is a proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil for pollution near two refineries in the northern part of the state. Sunoco, BP and Shell have also settled with the state for pollution near gas stations. Together, those settlements could bring in another $165 million.

The state’s voters decided by a 2-1 margin Tuesday that the bulk of that money — and all future pollution payouts — will be spent on environmental projects, not on general state operations …

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