"Henslayer" - Where do you get your info from?
January 12, 2010 at 12:27am
I have in my computer bookmarked the actual EPA Ethanol Gas Regulation. There is NO INFORMATION in this Regulation that mandates all gas stations to carry 10% ethanol gas by 2012. Can you tell me where you get this information from? I spoke with EPA Region 6 in Dallas last week. I asked that question, among others, to the EPA agent I spoke with. She told me what you are saying is "rumor". The EPA issues a new "Renewal Fuel Standard" memo yearly which spells out to gasoline manufacturers how much of their total gasoline sales must be "renewal fuels" - can be either 10% ethanol (E-10) or 85% ethanol (E-85) or "biodiesel". We do not have E-85 in South Louisiana at this time that I am aware of. The 2009 percentage says gasoline manufacturers must sell 10.21% of their total gasoline sales as "renewal fuel" (mostly ethanol E-10 gasoline in our area). That's NOT CLOSE to all gas stations I can assure you. They (EPA) have not yet issued their 2010 memo. This information is on the EPA's web site. She also told me that Congress can "overule" them regarding the annual required percentage. I'll give you the link to the EPA web site if you'd like to read it. Just e-mail me your e-mail address at email@example.com
You make the following comments about the ethanol free gas station list:
"Folks, I'm in the business, and can assure you that some of the sites they show as not having ethanol, indeed does!!!That is a fact!
By 2012 the whole United States ia required to have 10% ethanol, so get educated!"
As to your comments about the gas stations on the "Ethanol Free Gas Station" list, you will note the "disclaimer" on top of the list, which states: "CAUTION: Gas station that currently sells ethanol free gas may change and sell ethanol gas in the future. Louisiana State Law requires that the "Contains up to 10% ethanol" decal be displayed on the pump if it sells ethanol gasoline. ALWAYS check for decal before fueling".
In past postings, I have reminded readers that some gas stations on the "Ethanol Free Gas Station" list that were originally reported as selling ethanol free gasoline, basis the absence of decals, MAY change and start selling ethanol gas in the future. I've already removed a dozen stations from the list for that reason. I ask that if they run into such a station to e-mail me so I can take that station off the list. I will go back and add this to my main ethanol gas page. I apparently omitted this comment from an earlier page. The link to this page is: http://www.louisianasportsman.com/section.php?id=6004
On that page, I also give readers the phone number of Mr. Richard Williams, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture Director of Fuels Program in Baton Rouge (225-922-1380) and suggested they call him to file a complaint if they suspect a station is selling ethanol gas (either by decal or actual testing) and does not display the State Required Decal. He told me that his inspectors test for ethanol when they inspect stations, and will send out an inspector to a station to test it for ethanol if a complaint is filed. I've also suggested that all fishermen and boaters buy an ethanol gasoline test kit. This is the safest and surest way to assure you are purchasing ethanol free gas. We understand and realize that some stations are not installing the decal, either intentionally (fraud and subject to a large fine) or out of ignorance of the requirement to do so. I am currently working on a new "Blog" on Ethanol Gas Test Kits. I hope to have it on the site in a few weeks.
If you have not yet read my blog on "Is E-15 Coming Soon", I suggest you read that.
Sir, if you can suggest a better way of locating and identifying ethanol free gas stations other than by observing the presence/absence of the State required decal, I am certainly open to suggestions. And, I'll be happy to "debate" you on this entire ethanol issue anytime. I only suggest you get your facts correct first. My source is the Environmental Protection Agency, which promulgated this Federal Ethanol Gas Regulation (RFS), and the Louisiana State Department of Agriculture which is the agency in Louisiana that manages the fuels program in the Sate. What is your source?
You say you're in the business so you know this information. I have received several e-mails in the past week or two that tell me that many not only retailers but also distributors don't even know the Louisiana State ethanol labeling law! I have spoken to Mr. Williams and his boss about this and encouraged them to conduct additional awareness and training program on this issue for both gasoline retailers and distributors. I recently put a post on the Sportsman regarding a rumor that labels would no longer be required in 2010 and thereafter. If you haven't read it, go to the Louisiana Sportsman Home Page and click on the "Louisiana - New Hunting and Fishing Forum" and click on the Fishing window. Select "View All", then click on the "Fishing" forum folder. Scroll down and look for the post titled "Rumor that Labeling of Ethanol Gas No Longer Required".
In your post, you also suggest that marine engine problems are are being blamed on ethanol, but are not ethanol related. If you're in the gasoline sales business, I suggest you may be more interested in getting your 5 cents/gallon tax credit from the sales of ethanol gas than the impact it has on the marine industry. If you don't believe ethanol gasoline is a MAJOR marine engine issue, I suggest you call Breaux & Daigle Marine in Pierre Part (985) 252-6411 and ask to speak with Mr. R.P. Breaux. They are one of the largest Yamaha sales dealers in the State. I also encourage you to call Mr. Hank Johnson, aka "The Boat Doctor" (that is the name of his repair shop) in Harahan (don't have his phone number handy). They two shops have been in the marine engine repair business for a total of 100 years. They have both told me that their repair business in the past year or more since ethanol gas has become prominent in South Louisiana is "their worst nightmare", ALL related to engine damage caused by ethanol gasoline! Don't believe me, call them.
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