UPDATE 1-U.S. oil industry asks Congress for lawsuit relief


(Adds comments from environmental group) By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Congress should shield oil companies that make the fuel additive MTBE from water pollution lawsuits because the product was approved by the government to produce cleaner gasoline, the head of the American Petroleum Institute said on Wednesday. The controversial protection from product liability lawsuits is a key reason why a broad energy bill died last year in the U.S. Senate. House Republican ...

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