Shell Oil sued over quality of water pipes

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Coweta County and its water authority have
sued Shell Oil Co. and others for $25 million, saying water pipes
installed for thousands of customers in the county are faulty.

The pipes, which use polybutylene resin manufactured by Shell
Oil Co., were sold in the 1980s and 1990s as Blu-Max pipe.

The lawsuit, filed in state court in Fulton County, charges
negligence, breach of contract, product liability, fraud and
violations of the state's anti-racketeering law.

The pipes were touted as having a 50-year life span, but in 2005
the water authority started documenting increased loss of water.

The utility has been repairing and replacing leaky pipes, partly
through $27 million in bond issues passed last year.

A Shell Oil spokeswoman said the company had not received notice
of the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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