Exxon, BP Hit With MTBE Suit By Mass. Towns

Law360, New York (July 16, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT) -- A slew of major oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp, BP PLC and Chevron USA Inc., were hit Monday with a federal lawsuit from three Massachusetts townships and several property owners over alleged groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, the latest in a long-running legal battle over the companies' use of the chemical.

The towns of Brewster, Hopkinton and Athol, Mass. claim that a long list of oil and petrochemical companies produced or widely adopted MTBE despite knowing that its chemical composition poses a...
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