Warning that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could be putting consumers at risk, API criticized EPA's decision to approve higher levels of ethanol in gasoline (E15) before testing is complete:
"EPA is choosing to ignore the red flags in its headlong rush to allow more ethanol in gasoline, putting consumers and their vehicles at risk," said API Director of Downstream Operations Bob Greco. "Testing needs to be completed before this new fuel mixture is introduced into Americans' gas tanks."
Greco said the EPA decision comes before the completion of thorough testing by the automobile and oil industries to ensure the safety and performance of the new fuel for vehicles. He said that testing results so far have revealed problems with E15 and that engine damage from its use may not be covered under vehicle manufacturer warranties.
"API supports a realistic and workable Renewable Fuel Standard and the responsible introduction of increased biofuels in a manner that protects consumers and the investments they've made in their vehicles," Greco said. "However, we cannot rush to allow more ethanol before we know the consequences."
Greco added that the U.S. oil and natural gas industry is the largest consumer of ethanol and other biofuels and remains committed to the use of renewable fuels in our energy mix.