- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An oil company consortium has asked the Oregon Court of Appeals to block the state’s low-carbon fuel standard.

Lawmakers voted Wednesday to implement the standard and sent the bill to Gov. Kate Brown.

The fuel standard requires a reduction in the amount of carbon in car and truck fuels in Oregon over the next decade.

The Register-Guard of Eugene reports (https://is.gd/uhK93W) that the lawsuit from the Western States Petroleum Association challenges the so-called “phase 2” rules for the program that were drafted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and finalized earlier this year. By voting to continue the low-carbon fuels program instead of letting it expire, the newspaper says lawmakers basically kept the rules and program alive.

The consortium contends the most recent rules went beyond the authority earlier granted by the Legislature. So the oil companies’ group contends that makes the most recent DEQ rules “illegal.”



Environmental Quality officials weren’t immediately reachable for comment.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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