Hess To Pay $1.4M To End RI's Groundwater Pollution Claims

By Morgan Conley (December 10, 2021, 4:40 PM EST) -- Hess Corp. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle claims that it was responsible for contaminating Rhode Island's water supply with a gasoline additive, according to a settlement agreement filed by the state.

Rhode Island on Thursday asked the federal court overseeing its lawsuit against dozens of oil and chemical companies to approve the consent judgment it reached with Hess Corp. The agreement would resolve Rhode Island's claims against the company alleging it is liable for contributing to methyl tert-butyl ether, or MBTE, pollution in the state's drinking water.

MBTE is a synthetic chemical additive used to increase gasoline's oxygen...

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