Shirley Gray of Harvey is worth one point. So, too, are Herbert Adams, Cheryl Mack and Sharon Roberts.

They think they’re worth much more, considering that one point has a value of $968, according to a settlement agreement their attorneys have reached with ExxonMobil.

Decades-long residents and natives of an impoverished neighborhood, they are among 2,500 people who joined a lawsuit 2 1/2 years ago against big oil corporations and others over land contaminated by 30 years of offshore pipe cleaning at a site just east of the Harvey Canal, owned by the Grefer family. Read More