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July 5, 2001

ExxonMobil sued for MTBE spill in Long Island, NY

One of the largest suppliers of drinking water on Long Island sued Exxon Mobil Corp.last week for water contamination by a gasoline additive that was first used to help the environment.

The Plainview Water District, which is east of New York City and provides drinking water to 35,000 Long Island residents, said the additive, MTBE, has not yet spread from the groundwater to its 11 drinking wells. But it alleges that Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, has known about the spill and done nothing to prevent it from spreading.

The water district is seeking $2 billion in punitive damages and $500 million in compensatory damages for a gasoline spill at a now-closed Mobil station in Plainview, according to papers filed in New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County.

``Basically, what we have here is a case of a polluter, knowing about a situation, and doing absolutely nothing,'' Marc Bern, the Plainview Water District's lawyer alleged.

``They've (Exxon Mobil) known about this for many years. They knew about it, they did not advise the Plainview Water District, they did not advise the Plainview residents, and as a result, the harshest punishment should be brought to bear upon this corporate entity,'' Bern said.



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