US District Court rejects producer request to strike down MTBE ban

The US District Court for the Northern District of New York Nov. 21 rejected a request by methyl tertiary butyl ether producers to strike down an impending ban on the clean fuel additive. The Oxygenate Fuels Association (OFA), the trade group representing MTBE producers, told the court that replacing MTBE with ethanol would harm local air quality and creates higher gasoline prices.But Judge Norman Mordue said, OFA did not prove its case on either count. Because of water contamination concerns, New York and Connecticut plan to ban MTBE next year; several other Northeast states are poised to follow them.OFA warned that allowing the ban to go forward could mean gasoline price spikes because ...

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