Thursday, November 13, 2003

Buchanan County school board sues 56 gasoline firms over MTBE in water supply

According to a front-page story in this week's Virginia Mountaineer, the Buchanan County School Board has filed a suit in the Circuit Court for Buchanan County against 56 gasoline manufacturers, designers, refiners, formulators, and distributors for in excess of $180 million, claiming that the water in the wells owned by the school system have been contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE. The lawyers representing the School Board are identified as Tom Scott of the Street firm in Grundy, Jeffrey A. Breit from Norfolk, Scott Summy from Texas, among others.

MTBE is part of the plot in Nothing But the Truth, one of the John Lescroart novels in the series with the Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitzky characters - lively and entertaining books, all of them, and colored by great descriptive snippets about San Francisco (where I have never been).

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