Watching Government - Key issues for refiners

It may have ignited the Senate filibuster that defeated comprehensive energy legislation in 2004. Still, the nation's refiners are determined to make a methyl tertiary butyl ether liability cap part of a 2005 energy bill."It's been near, if not at, the top of our list of needs. It's been front and center for several years," observes Bob Slaughter, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association."With liability suits out there aimed at penalizing the entire refining industry for doing something it was required to do by law, we believe that liability limits are fair."They would only affect the defective product claim and keep other tort remedies, such as negligenc...

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