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Vt. sues oil companies over groundwater contamination

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The state of Vermont is suing more than two dozen oil companies over contamination of Vermont's groundwater.

The additive MTBE was used in gasoline for decades to help the fuel burn more cleanly, but leaks of underground tanks have caused contamination of water supplies.

MTBE is known to cause cancer in animals and possibly to humans too. Now Attorney General's office is suing companies like BP, Shell and Exxon for using MTBE in their gas.

The lawsuit seeks to have those companies pay for the cleanup and damages.

 "At a trial down the road there would be evidence brought forth  in terms of what the effects are of ingesting MTBE at various levels," said Scott Kilne, Asst. Attorney General. 

Vermont is the fourth state to sue over MTBE. In 2013 Exxon paid more than $200 million to New Hamsphire for MTBE damages.


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