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General Interest - Quick TakesEnergy bill lacks MTBE lawsuit protectionDespite last-minute attempts at a tradeoff, the compromise energy bill that emerged from a House-Senate conference committee last week lacked product-defect liability protection for makers of methyl tertiary butyl ether (see story, p. 25).Key oil industry groups refused to support a House Republican proposal to set up an $11.4 billion fund for water-system rehabilitation in exchange for the limited litigation immunity. Refiners face a wave of lawsuits over MTBE detected in water supplies.Reps. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), the conference chair, and Charles Bass (R-NH) proposed the fund, about one-third of which would have come ...

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