August 20, 2001 |
The factory yard smells like fresh beer and burned toast. There's a constant thrum and clatter. Giant machines are crushing corn, stirring mash, fermenting a goopy syrup into pure grain alcohol. The final product streams out of a tap, crisp and clear, with an odor sharp as a paper cut. It's ethanol, a fuel made from corn. A fuel that folks in the heartland are counting on to bail out rural America--if only California would quit being so pigheaded and agree to buy it. But California isn't biting.
July 23, 2005 |
In a bid to remove the chief stumbling block to long-debated energy legislation, House Republicans on Friday proposed creating a multibillion-dollar fund to pay for cleaning water supplies fouled by a gasoline additive. The cost would be shared by the oil industry and federal and state governments.
November 16, 2003 |
A sweeping energy bill coming before Congress this week would not only limit the liability of manufacturers of a gasoline additive blamed for fouling water supplies from California to New Hampshire but would also give the companies up to $2 billion in federal aid, according to details of the Republican-drafted bill released Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2002 |
Gov. Gray Davis' announcement Thursday that he may delay banning the pollutant MTBE from gasoline reflects an election year gamble that it is better to risk the ire of environmentalists than a big run-up in gasoline prices. More specifically, Davis is trying to avert a second energy crisis--one that could hit late this year, about the time voters decide whether to give the Democratic governor a second term.
August 31, 2001 |
The gasoline additive MTBE, which has been blamed for contaminating ground water, is turning up in fuel supplies in states where it is not required, a researcher said Thursday. Reynaldo D. Barreto, associate professor of chemistry at Purdue University North Central, in Westville, Ind., said that means the entire country is potentially at risk of pollution.
May 3, 2002 |
BP, the largest gasoline supplier in California, said Thursday that it will switch federally mandated fuel additives in the largest U.S. gasoline market in a move industry experts have said could tighten supplies and hike pump prices. BP said it would phase out cleaner-burning fuel additive MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, in California gasoline by Dec. 31, and has begun to sign contracts with several suppliers of the alternative gasoline additive, ethanol. Gov.
May 18, 2003 |
When the manufacturers of a gasoline additive blamed for fouling water supplies across the country were hit with lawsuits, they did what a growing number of businesses are doing: They sought protection from Congress. A little-noticed measure, approved by the House last month as part of an energy policy bill, would limit the liability the producers of the fuel additive MTBE would face for groundwater contamination.
June 14, 2001 |
This week's Environmental Protection Agency ruling that probably will require the use of ethanol in California's reformulated gasoline could give a huge boost to several projects in the state that seek to produce the fuel additive from crops such as sugar cane and corn, and agricultural waste such as rice straw, forest thinnings and orchard prunings.
August 10, 2005 |
Environmentalists and state officials scored a major victory Tuesday when Methanex Corp. of Canada announced it had lost its $970-million trade case challenging California's 1999 ban of the controversial gasoline additive MTBE. The case was viewed as a crucial test of state governments' ability to enforce health and environmental regulations that might conflict with international trade pacts. It was the first time a foreign firm had used the North American Free Trade Agreement to challenge a U.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2000 |
The Navy began a chemical cleanup Friday that it hopes will eventually lead to a blueprint for other communities across the nation to follow when removing the contaminant MTBE from water sources. The Naval Construction Battalion Center is a test site for various methods of controlling the fast-moving pollutant that was intended to help fuel burn cleaner but has also dirtied ground water.