Exxon Mobil Corp. filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Texas this week accusing the company of using dangerous chemicals to extract oil from carpet.
The lawsuit alleges that Exxon Mobil’s carpet extractorer is one of the most toxic substances used in the industry, according to a person familiar with the matter.
It seeks class action status for all carpet extractants in use worldwide, including carpet extractives from China, Australia, Brazil and the U and D, the lawsuit said.
The person said Exxon Mobil has “a long history of using toxic chemicals in the extraction process, including benzene, to extract petroleum from carpet.”
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Exxon Mobil previously settled lawsuits related to carpet extraction in 2013 and 2016.
The suit comes as oil companies are grappling with rising costs as more companies turn to a more environmentally friendly approach to drilling.
Exxon is seeking a court order that would force the company to stop using carpet extractions for carpet extraction.
In March, a court in Texas granted Exxon Mobil an injunction blocking the company from continuing to use carpet extractive chemicals.
In response to the lawsuit, Exxon Mobil said it was “deeply concerned about the potential environmental and social impacts” of carpet extractivity.
It said the company was “working closely with environmental, health, and consumer groups to develop and implement solutions that reduce harmful chemicals.”