Exxon Mobil: NH Looking for Scapegoat in MTBE Suit

Lawyers for Exxon Mobil say the state of New Hampshire is looking for a lot of money and a scapegoat in its lawsuit over the oil giant's use over the gasoline additive MTBE.

Jurors are hearing from both sides as they edge closer to the start of deliberations in the longest state trial in New Hampshire history.

The state is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from the Irving, Texas-based company to detect and remediate groundwater contaminated with MTBE.

Exxon Mobil Corp. attorney James Quinn told jurors Monday that his client acted responsibly and in response to federal Clean Air Act mandates in adding MTBE to its gasoline between 1988 and 2005. He says experts say there were significant benefits in reducing smog.

Lawyers for the state will make their arguments Monday afternoon.

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