End in sight for marathon pollution trial in NH

Jurors in the longest state trial in New Hampshire

MGN Online

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Jurors in the longest state trial in New Hampshire's history will return to the courtroom after a nearly two-week hiatus to hear closing arguments in the state's groundwater contamination case against Exxon Mobil Corp.

Lawyers for the state want jurors to hold Exxon Mobil liable to the tune of $240 million to monitor and clean up wells and public water systems contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.

Lawyers for Exxon Mobil counter that MTBE was used to comply with federal Clean Air Act requirements to reduce smog. They also blame any lingering contamination on third parties not named in the state's decade-old lawsuit.

Each side will get three hours to make its case Monday.

Jurors won't begin their deliberations until Tuesday - after the judge instructs them on the law.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WYMT CONTACT INFO 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757 - switchboard 606-439-9968 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 201831991 - wkyt.com/a?a=201831991
Gray Television, Inc.