1994 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 35th Parliament

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BILL M 214 -- 1994


HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Definitions and Interpretation

1 (1) In this Act "ethanol" means ethanol that

(a) is derived from

(i) organic material other than petroleum products, and

(ii) soluble products of fermentation, and

(b) meets any other prescribed requirements;

"fuel" means any gas or liquid for use for generating power by means of an internal combustion engine;

"gasohol" means a mixture of gasoline and ethanol, where ethanol constitutes at least 10% of the volume of the mixture;

"gasoline" means fuel that is not aviation fuel, colored fuel, gasohol, leaded gasoline, locomotive fuel, marine bunker fuel, natural gas, marine diesel fuel, or motive fuel;

"motor vehicle" means a vehicle that is designed to be self propelled on land;

"motor vehicle fuel" means fuel commercially retailed for use in motor vehicles;


Requirement of Ethanol Content

2 All persons selling or offering for sale motor vehicle fuels are required to ensure that all motor vehicle fuel sold conforms to the definition of gasohol under this Act;

Sale of Certain Gasohol Prohibited

3 Notwithstanding any other Act or legislation made thereunder, no person shall sell any gasohol in British Columbia that

(a) has an oxygen content of less than 3.2 per cent by weight, and

(b) contains Methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl;

Powers of the Minister

4 The Minister may require any person who sells or offers for sale any gasohol in British Columbia

(a) to maintain books and records necessary for the administration of sections 2 or 3;

(b) to submit samples of the purported gasohol to the Minister; and

(c) to submit to the Minister, on request, such information as the Minister considers necessary regarding

(i) the gasohol;

(ii) the oxygen content of the gasohol; and

(iii) any additive contained in the gasohol or any substance intended for use as an additive in the gasohol.


5 Every person who

(a) contravenes sections 2 or 3;

(b) fails to comply with a request made pursuant to section 4; or

(c) provides the Minister with any false or misleading information in purported compliance with any request made pursuant to section 4 is quilty of an offense and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars.

6 (1) Where an offense under this Act is committed or continued on more than one day, the offender is liable to be convicted for a separate offense for each day on which the offense is committed or continued.

(2) No person shall, by virtue of subsection (1), be found quilty under this Act, if the person establishes that the offense was committed without the person's knowledge or consent and that the person took all due diligence to prevent its commission.

Coming into Force

7 This Act shall come into force five years after it is assented to by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

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