MTBE legal protection dropped from energy bill draft


By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - A House Republican-written proposal to protect makers of a water-fouling gasoline additive from lawsuits will not be included in draft bill that a House-Senate bargaining panel will debate on Monday, dimming prospects that the controversial plan will survive. The House proposal to protect makers of methyl tertiary butyl ether -- or MTBE -- from liability lawsuits was a key factor that sank efforts to pass wide-sweeping energy legislation ...

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