House Approves Energy Bill: The House approved a broad energy bill aimed at boosting domestic production, including provisions to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge and to shield makers of a gasoline additive from water contamination lawsuits.

The House [also] voted to shield makers of the gasoline additive MTBE from lawsuits involving the contamination of drinking water, though opponents warned the measure would leave the public with billions of dollars in cleanup costs.

House Votes to Protect Makers of MTBE