The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a verdict against Exxon Mobil for contamination of New York City’s ground water. In 2009 a federal jury in Manhattan ruled in favor of the City of New York, which sued Exxon Mobil for the cost of removal of MTBE, a gasoline additive, from groundwater wells in Queens.
According to the Associated Press, the City argued that Exxon Mobil ignored warnings from its own scientists and engineers against use of MTBE in areas where groundwater is used for drinking. The most recent ruling upholds a verdict that awarded $105 million to the City of New York. A spokesperson from Exxon Mobil told the Associated press that the company plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.