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Oregon’s costly clean fuels program

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

On Friday 7th December, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality adopted the Oregon clean fuels program. The first phase of the program will force fuel producers and importers to register, keep records of and report to DEQ all volumes and carbon intensities of the fuels they provide to Oregon. The second phase will begin in 2015 and will require regulated parties to reduce the average carbon intensity of the fuels they provide each year.


In response to the above, CEA Executive Vice President Michael Whatley said the following:

‘Today’s decision by the Oregon DEQ is disappointing and bad news for West Coast consumers and fuel providers. If fully implemented, an Oregon low carbon fuel standard will dramatically increase costs for Oregon consumers, place the state’s businesses and industries at a disadvantage, and hammer an already weak economy in the Beaver State. With the state’s unemployment rate just points away from 9%, this is clearly not the right choice for Oregon’s economy of its drivers.’

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd.

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