July 16, 2018 / 8:05 AM / 9 months ago

Oil ministry supports petcoke import ban: government lawyer tells Supreme Court

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s oil ministry is in favour of a ban on the import of petroleum coke, the government’s lawyer told the Supreme Court on Monday.

An oil refinery by-product, petroleum coke, or petcoke, is used as a fuel because of its higher energy content than coal, but it releases larger amounts of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, which can cause lung disease and acid rain.

Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Writing by Neha Dasgupta; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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