2003 was a year of transition for the MTBE, fuels industry

The year 2003 was one of transition for the methyl tertiary butyl ether industry. A possible repeal of the oxygenate mandate that was signed into law in the early 1990s could result in supply outages, price spikes, and pollution problems in 2004 and later.Year 2003 was mostly business as usual for refiners; however, several states announced decisions to ban MTBE from gasoline by yearend. This has begun to take its toll on MTBE production, economics, and distribution.A new energy bill is still being debated in the US Congress that will have a significant effect on the fuels industry.Events in 2003 have had significant effects, which include the fact that:Political compromise in the form of...

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