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NEWS UPDATE May 29, 2012

Pure gasoline options shrink in South Dakota

Cody Winchester, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted May 29, 2012

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is proposing a rule to allow 85-octane blends to be sold statewide. An 85-octane gasoline is different from E85, a speciality blend for flex-fuel vehicles that contains 85 percent ethanol. Sometime this summer, already-scarce blends of pure gasoline will become more rare in western South Dakota. That’s because the largest refineries that supply the Plains Rocky Mountain Pipeline terminal in Rapid City, and therefore much of western South Dakota, soon will begin piping shipments of subgrade gasoline that will have to be blended with ethanol before it can be sold. [ read more … ]

Senate blocks biofuel development in draft defense bill

By Carlo Munoz, TheHill.com  •    •  Posted May 29, 2012

The Pentagon will have to work a little harder if it wants to eventually run its tanks, ships and planes on something other than fossil fuels, thanks to defense lawmakers in the Senate. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee effectively banned the department from buying alternative fuels or building facilities to manufacture it . [ read more … ]

House Energy panel Republicans continue to press EPA over fraud cases

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 29, 2012

Top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday blamed U.S. EPA for upheaval in the biodiesel industry, saying the agency wasn’t doing enough to address fraud in the fuel credit-trading marketplace. Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) have asked Administrator Lisa Jackson to furnish further information on how the agency is handling fraud cases. [ read more … ]

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