The state’s biggest-ever environmental case fills 17 folders at the Merrimack County Superior Court. It names 26 defendants, mostly multinational companies represented by about three dozen attorneys from across the country. It focuses not on a specific incident in which pollution occurred but rather the contamination over time of the state’s groundwater. All of it.
The case is huge, physically and otherwise, with big implications for New Hampshire. The state has spent tens of millions of dollars cleaning up methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, a chemical added to gasoline to make it burn cleaner.