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New Hampshire Attorney General Peter Heed filed the lawsuit in state court against the petroleum industry Monday. Heed said MTBE allows gasoline to contaminate water supplies, because although gasoline is not soluble in water, the gasoline additive is.
Ten gallons of gasoline treated with MTBE could contaminate 62 million gallons of water -
The largest grouping of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) cases in U.S. history have been partially settled for $422 million (see Press Release) (plus a 30-year commitment to future well treatment for qualifying wells) between plaintiffs in 17 states and the bulk of the nation’s leading gasoline providers. The case centered on the defendants’ manufacturing, marketing, distributing and storing of MTBE, a gasoline additive and groundwater contaminant that renders water non-potable and a potential health hazard. The settlement stems from a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in New York established to hear MTBE cases nationwide. The MDL is comprised of cases that were originally filed in 17 different states.