U.S. refinery growth faces opposition

Sept. 27, 2005 at 9:53 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Top U.S. environmental groups are vowing to oppose the expansion of the nation's refining capacity.

Gasoline price hikes after Hurricane Katrina have highlighted the U.S. shortage of refining capacity, which has not increased in 30 years.

As a result, House and Senate committees are seeking to break legal logjams against new construction, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

"It looks as though we're going to have to object to just about everything they're doing," said Kevin Curtis, senior vice president of the National Environmental Trust, an environmental group.

"They seem to be taking advantage of Katrina and high gasoline prices to run through things that they weren't able to do in the five years they spent working on the energy bill."

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