CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire’s attorney general is appealing a trial court order that would place most of the state’s record $236 million verdict against Exxon Mobil in a groundwater contamination case into a trust fund.
A jury in April held Exxon liable for the state’s costs to test groundwater in private wells and other drinking water sources over the coming decades and remove contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE.
Exxon Mobil appealed the verdict and award to the state Supreme Court. It asked that any money be placed in a trust fund to prevent the Legislature from diverting the funds for other uses.
The judge in September ordered that the state place $195 million of the award into a trust.
Now the state has appealed that order to the Supreme Court.