From AP:

CONCORD, N.H. — A jury found Exxon Mobil liable Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE, and ordered the oil giant to pay $236 million to New Hampshire to clean it up.


Jurors found that Exxon Mobil was negligent in adding MTBE to its gasoline and that it was a defective product. They also found Exxon Mobil liable for failing to warn distributors and consumers of the product about its contaminating characteristics.

The jury determined that the hazards of using MTBE gasoline was not obvious to state officials, who opted into the reformulated gasoline (RFG) program in 1991 to help reduce smog in the state’s four southernmost counties.


It took jurors only an hour and a half to reach their verdict in what was the longest state trial in New Hampshire history, according to the article.

h/t to Peggy Larson (@PegsKatzencats) for the tweet.

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