NEW HAMPSHIRE AG ANNOUNCES $35M MTBE GROUNDWATER SETTLEMENT

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and
received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the
sender.) 
Released by: Michael A. Delaney, Attorney General 
Subject: Attorney General Declares Landmark $35M Settlement in
Groundwater Contamination Lawsuit 
Date: November 8, 2012 
Release Time: Immediate 
Contact: Mary Maloney, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3679 
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that Shell Oil
Company and Sunoco, Inc. will pay $35M to settle pending claims
against the companies in the case of State of New Hampshire v.
Hess, et al. 
The State initiated the lawsuit in 2003 against refiners and
manufacturers of gasoline containing methyl tertiary butyl ether
(“MTBE”) who supplied New Hampshire with MTBE gasoline.
The lawsuit, filed in Merrimack County Superior Court, alleges
that a number of major oil companies, including the settling
defendants, added MTBE to gasoline sold in New Hampshire knowing
that it would contaminate ground water supplies. The State
contends that the defendants knew they were supplying a product
with unique hazards; specifically, that MTBE travels farther and
is more difficult to clean up than other contaminants. The State
is seeking damages to perform comprehensive investigation and
remediation of MTBE contamination sites. 
Trial against the remaining defendants is scheduled to begin in
Concord on January 7, 2013. The remaining defendants are
Exxon/Mobil Corporation, Irving Oil Co., Citgo Petroleum,
ConocoPhillips Co., and Vitol S.A. 
Attorney General Delaney stated: “We must ensure that our public
waters remain clean and safe for the benefit of all our
citizens. My office will continue to hold oil companies
responsible for their role in causing groundwater contamination
in this state.” He further stated, “We have reached a $35M
settlement with Shell and Sunoco. This is a substantial recovery
that will be used to clean up contaminated groundwaters
throughout New Hampshire.” 
(bjh) NY 
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