A European Commission committee failed February 23 to approve a proposal to label crude oil from Canada’s oil sands as 22.3 percent more polluting than conventional crude. The committee, consisting of experts from the European Union’s 27 member countries, failed to deliver a qualified majority verdict either for or against the proposal. The lack of a decision means the proposal will be referred to the EU Council, which represents the governments of EU member states, and they will vote on the proposal by the end of June.