Gasoline hearing probes boutique fuel, ethanol issues

The conflict between specialized motor fuel blends’ air-quality benefits under normal supply conditions and the logistical problems they create when supplies are restricted came quickly into the open as the House Energy and Commerce Committee began hearings May 10 on gasoline prices, supplies, and formulations.“In addition to the difficulty of balancing environmental and fuel-supply concerns, actions to ease distribution problems by reducing the number of gasoline formulations could increase average gasoline production costs and reduce overall gasoline supply capacity,” said Howard K. Gruenspecht, deputy administrator of the US Energy Information Administration.Shortage ...

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