WATCHING WASHINGTON BTU TAX TO HIT ROUGH ROAD IN CONGRESS

President Clinton's proposed BTU tax program seems headed for especially tough sledding in Congress. Oil and gas industry associations have linked arms in opposition. oil would take a double hit under the tax, posing lots of problems for refiners already facing uncertain, perplexing environmental standards for fuels. The tax would impose a stiff percentage price increase for Clinton's favorite fuel, natural gas. Pipelines would collect the natural gas BTU tax, and producers are worried

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