The State of New Jersey has announced it reached a $39 million settlement with Houston-based ConocoPhillips in an issue concerning ground water contamination.
Attorney General Christopher Porrino said ConocoPhillips was one of 50 oil and chemical firms sued by the state in 2007 over the contamination. The lawsuits accused the companies of being responsible for contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE.
The additive is used to increase octane levels in gasoline and was found in groundwater at locations throughout New Jersey.
“This is an important legal settlement for the citizens of New Jersey, not only in terms of the dollars, but in terms of sending a message that we are committed to working with DEP to protect the state’s natural resources and hold accountable companies that pollute,” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino.