Opposition to MTBE Liability Safe Harbor Provision sign now

Petition in Opposition to MTBE Liability Safe Harbor Provision

RE: Energy Policy Act of 2005 H.R. 6 and S.606

Dear Elected Officials:

Our organization (Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Inc.) along with the undersigned want to express our strong opposition to pending energy legislation that proposes to provide product liability immunity (so called safe harbor) to gasoline manufacturers for MTBE.

This proposal is of grave concern because there is MTBE contamination in our community. Therefore we urge you, when the time comes to instruct conferees for the Energy Bill, to vote in favor of instructing those conferees to strip safe harbor for MTBE out of the Energy Bill.

Oil companies were not mandated to use MTBE as an oxygenate in the Clean Air Act, as they have stated in the past. Further, court documents from past court cases have shown that the oil companies knew MTBE would be a problem in groundwater, yet they promoted its use anyway. There is also some talk of using the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) program for MTBE. The LUST program is not statutorily able to deal with plumes of pollutants that have moved away from the source of contamination or deal with pipelines leaking pollutants. Further, promises of authorizing funds would need to be followed up with actual appropriations, and even LUST has never received full appropriations.

With Long Islands dependence on our Sole Source Aquifer for all drinking water we are deeply concerned that the polluters remain responsible for the expedient clean up of MTBEs from our water supply.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this critical public health issue.

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