Lawmakers urged to focus on RFG fixes this spring

If Congress does not act quickly to reform federal clean fuel programs, uncoordinated state bans on the clean fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether may exacerbate gasoline shortages this year, the American Petroleum Institute warned a House subcommittee.Edward Murphy, API downstream general manager, said at a Mar. 13 hearing that a recent decision by the New York Mercantile Exchange to suspend gasoline futures trading beginning in 2004 was a "shot across the bow" and may foreshadow future supply problems if Congress fails to reform reformulated gasoline rules this year.Currently, 16 states have acted to ban MTBE because of water contamination concerns.Murphy spoke before the House Ene...

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