Peter J. Sacripanti was quoted in the May 8 issue of The New York Times and the May 9 issues of The International Herald Tribune and Newsday in articles regarding the $423 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by public water providers against some of the nation's largest oil companies. The water providers claim that the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether contaminated groundwater. As ExxonMobil's lawyer, Mr. Sacripanti noted that Exxon did not agree to the deal and does not plan to settle. "Exxon's position is very simple. When it engages in conduct that injures people, it pays recompense for that. In all these cases, our conduct did not cause injury, or cause damages. Our conduct was lawful," he said.