CALIFORNIA OIL SPILL BILL SPARKS INDUSTRY TUSSLE

California independent producers are squaring off against major oil companies and importing refiners in a squabble over who will fund the state's proposed $150 million emergency oil spill response fund. California Independent Petroleum Association is lobbying to kill legislative efforts to extend a fund buildup fee of 25/bbl to independents' production. CIPA contends the fee would shut in many independents' wells in California.

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