Mexico court eliminates measure against ethanol mixture of 10 pct in gasoline
The court determined that no tangible health damage was found by the mixture of 10 percent ethanol in the gasoline.
A Mexican federal court has revoked the suspension of the rule that allows up to 10 percent ethanol in gasoline consumed in much of the country, interested in the controversy, in the middle of a judgment on the use of biofuel in the fuel mixture.
The court determined that no tangible health damage was found by the mixture of 10 percent ethanol in the gasoline, as allowed by the Mexican fuel standard NOM-016 after the amendments in effect since mid-2017, so it decided to revoke the October decision of a federal judge.
Juan Pedro Machado, a lawyer with the firm SOLCARGO who heads the legal strategy against the highest content of ethanol, told Reuters that the decision of the court was only on whether or not the application of the rule was impeded.
"It is necessary to instruct and resolve the fund, Litigation is just beginning," he said.
Machado said that more profound evidence should now be presented and that the judge handling the case could issue a sentence in less than a year.
Before the modifications, the percentage allowed in the fuel mixture was up to 5.8 percent ethanol. The norm maintains the prohibition of a content of a 10 percent for the metropolitan zones of the Valley of Mexico, Guadalajara, in the west of the country, and Monterrey, in the north, those of greater consumption.
Although the gasoline market in Mexico was opened to private companies after the profound energy reform of 2013-2014, the state oil company Pemex still has most of the market. It was not possible to obtain an immediate position of the company on the decision of the court.