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ExxonMobil Knew in 1984 MTBE Would Contaminate Ground

AP -- A chemical additive to gasoline meant to make it burn more thoroughly poses a long-term threat of contamination in New Hampshire, a witness testified at the trial of ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM)
Dr. Graham Fogg, a professor of hydrology at the University of California, Davis, took the stand yesterday in state court in Concord as the first witness in the state’s $816 million lawsuit. New Hampshire sued oil companies for allegedly using the additive, MTBE, while knowing its potential for groundwater pollution as long as 29 years ago.
“A problem like this is not going to disappear in a mere 6 years or 16 years or, I would say, 26 years,” Fogg testified.
ExxonMobil and Citgo Petroleum Corp. said the additive, meant to reduce air pollution, never caused illness to any resident of New Hampshire.


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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:58:37 PM

LOL, nsdp says "The problem is the poor quality of tanks the oil companies used. Anne Gorsuch and Ronald Reagan are responsible for the lax regulations. The oil companies knew they should use better tanks that would not leak but didn't. EPA said they didn't have to."
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Ok, which was responsible for the regulations, Reagan or the EPA? You crack me up!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:11:52 AM

Wow.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:49:53 AM

As would a whole host of other chemicals...
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:00:53 AM

Big oil gives me a big boil
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:53:43 PM


Oh course Exxon knew for many decades the problems with MTBE contamination of ground water. They just figured that it was financially more beneficial in the short term to just ignore the problem and jeopardize the health of people then to deal with it appropriately.
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nsdp
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 6:49:04 PM

The problem is the poor quality of tanks the oil companies used. Anne Gorsuch and Ronald Reagan are responsible for the lax regulations. The oil companies knew they should use better tanks that would not leak but didn't. EPA said they didn't have to.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 5:34:59 PM

Okay
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 4:07:46 PM

Really?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 2:58:42 PM

Companies must face bad news head on (and foster that throughout their organizations) or face worse penalties later. The cover up is always worse then the crime.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:47:29 PM

I knew in 1984 that gasoline would cause air pollution.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:01:58 PM

Ironic
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:52:58 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 12:07:36 PM

bad news. Indirectly caused by government blanket mandates?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:51:52 AM

"The EPA mandated oxygenated gasoline.

The EPA authorized use of MTBE in gasoline to provide that oxygenation.

Why is the state suing the oil companies? Because they are trying to "greenmail" ExxonMobil and Citgo Petroleum into settling this suit for a good payout.

This is a meritless case, and I can only hope that it gets thrown out of court. Of course, since its the state against EVIL oil companies, a jury would undoubtedly give the state money."

Just because the use of a dangerous chemical is authorized doesn't mean you're not responsible for cleaning up any mess you cause.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:22:59 AM

It seems to me the EPA caused this, why is Exxon footing the bill?
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bull2010
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:53:19 AM

Im sure it causes cancer,s & harms environment, wildlife,ect. So did the co,s & government. Get rid of so much oil useage & the greed level will go down.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:32:14 AM

The EPA mandated oxygenated gasoline.

The EPA authorized use of MTBE in gasoline to provide that oxygenation.

Why is the state suing the oil companies? Because they are trying to "greenmail" ExxonMobil and Citgo Petroleum into settling this suit for a good payout.

This is a meritless case, and I can only hope that it gets thrown out of court. Of course, since its the state against EVIL oil companies, a jury would undoubtedly give the state money.

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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:31:07 AM

This situation gives us one hell of a choice, either we have clean air or pure uncontaminated water. God I wish there was a way we could have BOTH.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:25:08 AM

Unfortunately this is not the first time a corporation has hidden known dangers.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:23:59 AM

Hope they find some definitive answers and solutions during this debate. Yes and I know that is not what the legal system is about - it is a bout making trial lawyers rich - but let me dream of a better day!

[Edited by: CheckitoutGuy at 1/16/2013 10:25:43 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:23:07 AM

We'll See
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:18:30 AM

Global polluters such as the oil industry are not only poisoning our planet they are poisoning the water we need to survive.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:17:26 AM

Ok....
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:17:02 AM

Business morals....just shaking my head...
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:16:48 AM

I have an idea. Obama should ban fossil fuels by executive order. That's the ticket!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:16:21 AM

XOM thought no one would notice and therefore they could get away with contaminating the ground and statue of limitations would apply. Wrong.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:14:30 AM

BUt yet their profits are still up. Have to keep those fat cats at the top rich and fat
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:13:12 AM

There is no perfect world.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:13:05 AM

"it hasn't made anyone sick" according to the oil companies. Do you believe them? If your faucet water was foul and putrid smelling , would you say that you were ok with that? Do you think NH is out of line? I don't.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:10:35 AM

"madison8359" Nothing new
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:10:08 AM

I wonder who is going to have to pay for this one
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:10:03 AM

This supports notion that newer is not always better.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:09:48 AM

Make them pay.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:08:34 AM

This is going to be interesting.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:08:24 AM

The damages awarded will go to the lawyers.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:08:06 AM

This makes me feel sad.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:07:56 AM

They knew.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:07:17 AM

If they lose make certain the damages awarded go the victims and not government coffers.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:07:14 AM

well that just sucks
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:07:07 AM

Once again...money more important than lives!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:06:33 AM

Not good.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:06:02 AM

Gotta love that "corporate welfare" loving Big Oil!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:06:02 AM

Duh it has been said for years. Gov't knew when they told oil companies to use it. EPA should be the one's on trial.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:05:49 AM

Sure they did.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Hmmmmm.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:04:45 AM

Of course they did.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:04:35 AM

It gets rather annoying to see businesses make chemicals that are meant for a specific purpose use them for something different that causes harm.
What happened to holding business accountable for the errors of their ways. You damage or you harm you fix!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:04:05 AM

Who cares about underground drinking water purity when so many are disguising franking contamination with beer and other beverages?
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:03:54 AM

BELIEVE ME, WHOEVER MADE THE DECISION TO USE THE DANGEROUS ADDITIVE KNEW THEY WOULD BE LONG GONE BEFORE IT CAME TO LIGHT.
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:03:34 AM

Not just NH...
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