Monday, July 25, 2005

MTBE liability shield off table in Congress

Kansas City Star | 07/25/2005 | MTBE liability shield off table in Congress: "House and Senate conferees on Sunday abandoned giving makers of the gasoline additive MTBE liability protection against environmental lawsuits.

The Senate negotiators’ action removes the major roadblock to enactment of broad energy legislation. They rejected a House proposal for an $11.4 billion MTBE cleanup fund that House Republicans had hoped would serve as a compromise and still provide the liability shield to the oil industry.

But Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, said “the proposal has not been accepted by the Senate” and that today he would offer another MTBE proposal."


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