October 30, 1997 |
Tosco Corp. is urging the state Air Resources Board to move quickly toward eliminating a smog-reducing gasoline additive because of concerns it could cause widespread contamination of drinking water supplies. The plea by Tosco to stop oil industry usage of methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, could rock an industry that has invested billions in formulating fuel with the additive to make a federally required "cleaner-burning gasoline."
May 16, 2006 |
Chevron Corp. is exploring investments in ethanol plants to guarantee steady supplies of the gasoline additive for its refineries. Chevron is examining whether larger ethanol distilleries could be built to lower production costs, Donald Paul, the company's chief technology officer, said in a telephone interview Monday. Chevron would be the first major oil company in 26 years to invest in U.S. production of the grain-based additive.
May 18, 2006 |
What do mothballs and toilet bowl deodorant bars have to do with drastically improving gas mileage? Nothing, say prosecutors who are going after a company that claims a small ball made with the chemicals in those products is a "gas pill" that can boost mileage 25% or more. Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott sued BioPerformance Inc. on Wednesday, a day after a San Antonio judge signed a temporary restraining order forcing the Dallas company to cease allegedly deceptive acts and froze its assets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2003 |
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Bush administration must reconsider its decision to force California to use the gasoline additive ethanol, which state air quality officials say is unnecessary to reduce air pollution. Under the ruling, the court concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly two years ago when it denied California's request for a waiver from a federal requirement to add ethanol to its gasoline.
June 11, 2001 |
The Bush administration plans to deny California's request for exemption from a federal gas rule that state officials say would increase already-rising prices at the pumps, an Environmental Protection Agency official said Sunday night. The decision, expected this week, would require the state to use a fuel additive, most likely ethanol, to help gasoline burn more cleanly. That could cost California drivers as much as $450 million a year, said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis.
June 13, 2001 |
The Bush administration announced Tuesday it has rejected California's request for a waiver from a clean air rule, drawing an angry response from Gov. Gray Davis, who said the decision could raise gasoline prices. The decision, announced by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christie Whitman, could force California to begin using ethanol as a gasoline additive as it phases out an additive that has polluted ground water across the state.
June 2, 2003 |
Like it or not, ethanol is coming to the nation's gas tanks, courtesy of the U.S. Congress. A measure requiring the corn-based fuel to be added to the gasoline supply is expected to survive a challenge in the Senate this week, despite objections from lawmakers representing coastal states.
July 3, 2003 |
Hoping to derail proposed federal legislation that would boost the use of ethanol in gasoline, a California congressman and others on Wednesday said the additive helped trigger price increases in the spring and has worsened the state's gasoline supply troubles. "The lessons learned in California may very well be relevant nationwide," said Rep. Doug Ose (R-Sacramento), who presided over a House subcommittee hearing in Diamond Bar to discuss California's move to ethanol-blended gasoline.
May 15, 2006 |
In a stuffy Marina del Rey hotel meeting room Thursday night, Taylor Rivera spoke excitedly about a gas-saving additive he'd discovered a few months before. "I normally get 255 miles to the tank," said Rivera, who drives a Porsche SUV. After popping the gas additive BioPerformance Fuel into his tank several times, he said, "my mileage jumped up to 305. I didn't research it, but it worked for me, so I shared it with my friends."