Unfortunately, I haven't managed to find a link to a news article with more information about this. Please send info if you know of one!
Another aspect which disturbed me was the casual way in which all the official propaganda mentions that "some older or high mileage vehicles" might have problems involving fuel lines damaged from the new gas. You'd think that heightened liklihood of engine fires might be enough to get people to take notice -- but no one seemed to care. I've taken to carrying a fire extinguisher in my car, just in case.
Since there seems to be some sort of information blackout here in CA about the content of this new gas that's being forced upon us and what it might do to our cars and ourselves, I decided to start collecting information -- what is this stuff, and what might it be doing to our cars and our health?
If you have any articles or links which you think would be useful on this page, please send it to me. If it's copyrighted, make sure I have permission from the author to post it here -- I won't post copyrighted articles without permission.
Some useful links to more information about MBTE:
Some relatively recent reports:
The remaining links on this page are all, alas, several years old; there seems to be very little new information appearing on the web although occasional newspaper articles increasingly portray studies showing the harmful effects of MTBE.
The official CA propaganda page on reformulated gas.
Two sites that I recently found:
The Associated Press reportedly has a story coming up on RFG, which should be available online by searching their site once it finally gets printed. It's been delayed about three times now, for one reason or another.
The use of RFG in CA is related to (but not actually part of) the new stricter EPA Smog Check II program. I recently stumbled across an amusing page of Legal Loopholes for getting around some CA smog requirements.
For general background on the chemistry of gasoline and its additives, rec.autos.tech has a very extensive Automotive Gasoline FAQ. There's an older, less up-to-date gas FAQ on the F-Body Homepage.
Dr. Peter M. Joseph, Professor of Radiologic Physics in Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has written several very detailed (and very scary!) articles about health risks from the gas and its fumes:
You can also read some letters from people suffering symptoms which appear to be related to MTBE.
So if there are so many health risks involved with the reformulated gas, and there's no real evidence that it actually helps the air, why are we being forced to use it? James Bovard has some choice words on the politics behind the ethanol lobby in his article A Case Study in Corporate Welfare. Michael Fumento has written a "Town Hall" article detailing what he thinks the real (political) reasons are, in ADM'S ETHANOL GETS BY WITH HELP FROM ITS FRIENDS.
Ed Wallace on KLIF from Texas has a good deal to say about RFG. Visit the KLIF page for more details.
The Methanex Corp., a methanol producer, used to have some pro-MTBE pages on their site, but none of the links that used to work are active any more (hmm ...).
More stuff to come, as I collect it.