Citgo to be dropped from NH suit on gas additive

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 05:45 hrs

A judge has granted a request to remove Citgo from a New Hampshire lawsuit accusing the oil company and another petroleum giant of failing to warn state officials about the gasoline additive MTBE.

The state's lawsuit against ExxonMobil and Citgo went to trial Monday. But a judge Wednesday granted a motion from the state and Citgo to remove the company from the case provided the two sides reach an agreement by Feb. 15.

The state argues that gasoline containing MTBE was a defective product and states should've been warned about its ability to contaminate wells. The oil companies say the product wasn't defective and that the state is inflating its contamination estimates.

The case, filed in 2003, is the first brought by a state over MTBE contamination to reach trial.

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