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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 24, 2009
At the beginning of a closing statement that he predicted would last the better part of two days, a lawyer representing 300 plaintiffs who are suing ExxonMobil Corp. said yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court that their community was "forever changed" by a huge gasoline leak three years ago. The spill, at a service station in Jacksonville, dumped more than 26,000 gallons of regular unleaded gasoline into the groundwater that supplied the area's wells. The plaintiffs, who are seeking at least $1 billion from the oil giant, claim that their physical and emotional health had been damaged and their property values have been ruined.
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NEWS
April 9, 2011
The individual accounts presented in your retrospective of the gasoline spill fail to adequately encapsulate the unremitting heartache wrought by the over 26,000 gallons of gasoline that leaked undetected for a month below the Jacksonville Exxon in early 2006 ("Five years later, Jacksonville still grapples with gas spill," April 6). I have spent much of the last five years visiting with friends and neighbors in the community, haggling with ExxonMobil and the Maryland Department of the Environment over well testing and an array of remediation efforts.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
A recent article about the Maryland Court of Appeals decision striking down most of the $1.65 billion judgment against ExxonMobil Corp. for a 2006 underground gasoline leak in Baltimore County quoted homeowner Hans Wilhelmsen, whose family had been awarded some $60 million in damages, as saying that "nobody was looking for some sort of enormous payout, but just wanted to protect the asset" ("Fraud verdict in leak struck," Feb. 27). The article did not disclose how many properties the Wilhemsen family owns, but he obviously lives in the priciest section of Baltimore County if it takes $60 million to "protect the asset.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | January 30, 2013
Safeway Inc. has launched a gas rewards program with ExxonMobil. Grocery customers can earn points for most items at Safeway stores in the Mid-Atlantic and redeem the points at the pump at participating Exxon and Mobil stations, the supermarket chain is announcing today. "By teaming up with ExxonMobil, we're able to thank our customers with a loyalty program that makes two frequent and critical purchases lead to real savings," Mir Aamir, Safeway's president of customer loyalty, said in a statement.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
Maryland's top court agreed Wednesday to hear appeals of two multimillion verdicts affecting hundreds of Jacksonville-area residents who sued ExxonMobil Corp. over 2006 underground gasoline leak. The Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments in October in the two cases. Last year, a Baltimore County jury returned a $1.5 billion verdict against the oil giant. ExxonMobil appealed, and attorneys for residents asked the top court to bypass the intermediate appeals court. In March, in the second case, the state's second-highest court rejected much of a $147 million verdict, and both ExxonMobil and the residents appealed.
NEWS
By TIMOTHY B. WHEELER AND LAURA BARNHARDT and TIMOTHY B. WHEELER AND LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTERS | March 10, 2006
Maryland's top environmental official pledged yesterday to impose stiff penalties on ExxonMobil Corp. and to tighten regulatory controls on service stations throughout the state in the wake of a 25,000-gallon gasoline leak in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore County. At a news conference across from the Exxon station where the leak occurred, Kendl P. Philbrick, secretary of the state Department of the Environment, called the Jacksonville leak "catastrophic" and announced that he is ordering immediate checks of leak detection systems by all 3,500 regulated fuel tank owners in the state, to be followed by new emergency regulations that would enhance efforts to catch leaks quickly.
NEWS
December 10, 1998
IN THE 25 years since the first Arab oil embargo, no one ever predicted that the price of crude oil would drop to $11 a barrel. Nor did most foresee a merger between two oil giants such as Exxon and Mobil. Yet both have come to pass.Cheap oil and higher production costs are driving the combination -- and fueling talk of other large mergers, including Monday's reports that Shell is interested in acquiring Chevron.Exploration and production expenses are rising as companies look for oil in remote areas and in deeper water offshore.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Childs Walker and Timothy B. Wheeler and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2004
As many as 17 potential fuel vapor leaks have been found at an Exxon service station that state officials believe is a prime suspect in contaminating at least 127 Fallston-area wells with a noxious gasoline additive. Spokespeople for the Maryland Department of the Environment and ExxonMobil Corp. sparred yesterday over the significance of the leaks detected by a contractor for the oil company. MDE spokesman Jeffrey Welsh said preliminary testing late last week of the Upper Crossroads Exxon at Routes 152 and 165 in Harford County identified leaks in the station's gasoline storage tanks, piping and equipment.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2005
ExxonMobil Corp. acknowledged yesterday that it may be responsible for up to half of the chemically contaminated drinking-water wells in Fallston, but said it needs to do additional tests to determine the extent of its culpability. In a report to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the oil company said it needs to do additional tests on about 145 wells to the southwest of an Exxon station at routes 152 and 165 in the Upper Crossroads area. Most of the wells have shown a trace of methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive used to make fuel burn cleaner.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2011
A Baltimore County jury has ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay more than $495 million to compensate a group of Jacksonville families and businesses for claims of lost property value, emotional distress and medical monitoring resulting from a 2006 underground gasoline leak - and damages could continue to grow. The Circuit Court jury was scheduled to continue working Thursday to decide an amount to award the 160 families and businesses in punitive damages, which could be several times higher.
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