Anti-MTBE rally held in Sacramento |

Anti-MTBE rally held in Sacramento

Lake Tahoe officials joined California Sen. Tim Leslie, other legislators and about 200 people on the steps of the State Capitol Wednesday, urging the governor to ban MTBE.

Leslie, R-Tahoe City, organized the rally on the day of a Northern California hearing concerning the future of MTBE in California to urge residents to contact the governor’s office and let him know how they feel about the controversial fuel additive.

After the hearing, which likely will wrap up today, Gov. Gray Davis has 10 days to make a decision concerning MTBE’s fate in the state.

“You can make a difference by telling your elected officials and our governor what you want,” Leslie said. “Tell them you want to kick MTBE out of California now.”

Appearing with Leslie at the rally were Sens. Dick Mountjoy, R-Monrovia, and Don Perata, D-East Bay, and Assemblyman Thomas “Rico” Oller, R-San Andreas, all of whom have recently introduced legislation calling for a ban of the additive.

“I strongly urge Gov. Gray Davis to take a bold step after these hearings and ban the use of MTBE in California,” Oller said. “He should first issue an order banning any gasoline containing MTBE from being sold in the areas already contaminated, including the Tahoe Basin, Santa Monica, Glennville and the Bay Area. The second order should be to ban the use of MTBE statewide as soon as possible.”

Representatives from the South Tahoe and Tahoe City public utility districts as well as Placer, El Dorado and Alpine counties attended the rally.

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