Thursday, May 8, 2008
The New York Times reported yesterday that some of the oil companies involved in a groundwater contamination suit that spanned across 17 states, including New York and California, have agreed to settle for $423 million. Over a hundred public water providers initiated the suit, which claimed that a popular gasoline additive called methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contaminated drinking water supplies. According to the EPA, MTBE causes cancer in laboratory rats. The full story is available here.