Exxon Receives Slap on the Wrist for Poisoning NYC Water for Decades
Thanks to Exxon, the groundwater in Queens was tainted with known carcinogen.
August 2, 2013
MANHATTAN (CN) – ExxonMobil owes more than $104 million to New York City for poisoning the groundwater with the gasoline additive MTBE, the 2nd Circuit ruled.
New York City had sued the oil giant over its release of the additive into six wells in the Jamaica section of Queens from the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s. The wells had been designated for emergencies.
Methyl teriary butyle ether, or MTBE, is a gasoline additive that helps gasoline burn more cleanly and reduces tailpipe emissions. New York City argued that the National Science and Technology Council found that “MTBE is a known animal carcinogen and … had the potential … to be a human carcinogen.”