A number of Texas lawmakers have drafted legislation that would shield oil refiners, ethanol producers, fuel marketers and others down the distribution chain from liability claims if the federal government allows the use of E15. The lawmakers are concerned that approval of E15 would result in litigation similar to what transpired after traces of methyl tertiary butyl ether were detected in water supplies. Meanwhile, ethanol-industry groups, including the Renewable Fuels Association, are throwing their support behind a bill by Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark., and John Shimkus, R-Ill., that offers protection to fuel marketers.

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