Maine seeks ethanol reprieve

We recently learned of a renewed effort by the Maine State Legislature to reduce or eliminate altogether the blending of ethanol in gasoline.

As described in this article in the Maine Sun Journal, “A pair of bills introduced Thursday by state Rep. Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner, could have a significant impact on what goes into the gas tank of your car, lawnmower or snowblower. One of Timberlake’s bills would cut the percentage of corn-derived ethanol in Maine gasoline from 10% to 5%. The other measure would allow the state to form a coalition with other New England states to create an ethanol-free gasoline market for Canadian petroleum-vendor Irving.

Timberlake said Irving has offered to deliver ethanol-free gasoline to customers in New England if it has a minimum of three states willing to eliminate ethanol from the gas supply.

New Hampshire has passed similar legislation, Timberlake said.” Irving Oil, with offices in Saint John, New Brunswick and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the latest in a growing number of fuel ‘jobbers’ who are reacting to the widespread demand for ethanol-free fuels among those who need and prefer it.”

This is good news for aviators in New England. If you do not live there, why not contact your own elected representatives and ask them to follow the lead from Maine and New Hampshire?

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