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Lawyers: Exxon Mobil Ignored Warnings on Gas Additive

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 3:58pm
LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire say Exxon Mobil was more interested in its profits and not the environment in adding MTBE to its gasoline.

Jurors in New Hampshire's longest running state trial are hearing from both sides as they edge closer to deciding whether Exxon Mobil Corp. bears responsibility for groundwater damage caused by the gasoline additive.

Lawyers for Exxon Mobil earlier argued that the state is looking for a lot of money and a scapegoat in quest for more than $240 million from the oil giant.

Arguing for the state, Attorney Jessica Grant says internal Exxon Mobil memos dating back to 1984 warn of the ethical and environmental consequences of MTBE.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Tuesday, after being instructed on the law.

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