Gasoline retailers have already made the necessary changes in delivery systems, and have also contracted for their supplies of the oxygenate substitute that will replace MTBE. The transition is almost complete and many people in both states have already been filling their tanks with MTBE- free gas. This has happened with no increase in the price of a gallon of gasoline.
The actual price of a gallon of gasoline in New York and Connecticut should go down based on the new formula. MTBE has been consistently more expensive than gas and the replacement additive.
More important than the cost of a gallon of gas is the positive impacts on our families health. Ridding our gasoline supply of this poison has been a huge battle over many years, but the people have been victorious, said Brian Smith, Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. This is a victory where everyone wins, except the polluters, concluded Smith.
With the MTBE ban a certainty in New York and Connecticut, all eyes will turn to Washington to see if our federal elected officials will give the MTBE industry complete liability relief for the terrific damage they have done to our drinking water supplies, leaving New York and Connecticut residents to pay for the entire clean-up. CCE will continue to actively oppose this give away to the MTBE industry.
Citizens Campaign for the Environment is New York and Connecticut's largest member based environmental organization dedicated to the protection of human health and the natural environment.
By Brian Smith
As January 1, 2004 nears, gasoline retailers across New York and Connecticut are transitioning to MTBE-free gas. MTBE is the chemical added to gasoline that has caused thousands of contamination plumes across both states. This toxic chemical has contaminated the drinking water of tens of thousands of residents in both states, and will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to remediate the existing contamination.