Non MTBE Gas Available
The 76 brand today announced it is the first gasoline retailer in California to offer non-MTBE gasoline year-round at all of its 1,500 locations throughout the state.
We have fulfilled a commitment to our customers and to the state to offer non-MTBE gasoline as quickly as possible, said Mark Harper, vice president of wholesale marketing for Phillips Petroleum Company, the owner of the 76 brand. Over the past 18 months, we have taken proactive measures to be the first company to sell non-MTBE gasoline at our 76-branded retail outlets in California, a year-and-a-half ahead of the state’s deadline. We’re pleased to see other companies in California have followed our early lead by committing to eliminate MTBE from their gasoline by the end of the year.
Phillips will continue to manufacture a small amount of MTBE-blended gasoline to meet the supply needs of unbranded independent gasoline marketers in California. Phillips will make non-MTBE gasoline available to its current independent unbranded marketers who wish to purchase it. Specialty 100-octane racing gasoline sold at a limited number of 76 locations may still contain MTBE.
The Clean air act of 1990 requires the use of oxygenates such as MTBE in reformulated gasoline. Phillips supports federal legislation that would repeal the oxygen mandate and provide refiners the flexibility necessary to phase out the use of MTBE nationwide.
Phillips Petroleum Company [NYSE:P] is the owner of the 76 gasoline brand. Phillips is a major integrated oil and gas company headquartered in Bartlesville, Okla., marketing gasoline in the United States under several brands including 76, Phillips 66, Circle K, Exxon, Mobil and Coastal.