MTBE Contaminated Water Lawsuit Filed in Maryland- 'Member the Repubs and Chet Edwards Shielding the Manufacturers?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


MTBE Contaminated Water Lawsuit Filed in Maryland- 'Member the Repubs and Chet Edwards Shielding the Manufacturers?

7 April 2007 at 4:01:45 PM

I still remember watching this on C-span when the Republicans were in power and how Tom Delay and his cronies, including "Smokey Joe" Barton,  worked to make sure the manufacturers of MTBE would be shielded from lawsuits. Democrat after Democrat stood up to descry that (except Chet Edwards, who not only voted along with the Republicans but also took campaign money from Lyondell).

Anyway, ought to be interesting watching this lawsuit. Clean drinking water ought to ALWAYS trump chemical manufacturers.

A Woodbine family whose drinking water was polluted with the gasoline additive MTBE has filed suit against a neighboring 7-Eleven gas station, contending that leaks from underground fuel tanks contaminated their well.

When Michael and Hope Harrison purchased their Woodbine home in April 2004, they were told the house's well was contaminant-free, according to court documents. When tested in 2002, one of the four drinking water wells servicing the 7-Eleven store, in the 7600 block of Woodbine Road, had showed MTBE levels at 4,255 parts per billion.

MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, is a suspected carcinogen that adds an odor and taste to water in concentrations of 20 to 40 parts per billion, according to state environmental officials.

The Harrisons, who live on the same block as the 7-Eleven, have had to truck water in and installed six carbon filter tanks at their home, according to court documents.

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