MTBE, Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, Lawyers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, is a gasoline additive introduced in the 1990s. Most people did not care about it until it contaminated drinking water. It is water soluble and as underground gasoline tanks developed leaks, MTBE quickly contaminated water supplies. The story of how MTBE was allowed into our gasoline which leaked into our nations well water reads like a Dickens novel with big oil cover-up, corporate greed, lazy supervision by the EPA and distracted congressman. If you have great interest an interesting article “MTBE a precautionary tale” is great reading.
Many states, including Rhode Island, have passed legislation banning or limiting the sale of MTBE.
MTBE may cause various kinds of illness with respiratory, neurological, cardiac, or allergic symptoms. Can also cause anxiety, dizziness, nausea, headaches, attention deficit disorder, or skin rash.
We have handled numerous MTBE cases in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The two Pasoag MTBE litigation cases against Exxon Mobil that were investigated by the RI DEM are continuing with discovery entering its final phase. Our office in conjunction with experts have conducted extensive testing and hydro-geological testing and modelling of the underground aquifer that has been published as a model for future hydro-geologists.The court has tentatively scheduled the trial for the Water District after final motions are decided.
The trial for the individuals case against Exxon Mobil will be scheduled after the completion of the first case. A hearing is currently scheduled to discuss further issues in the case.