Tag: ethanol

Valero restarts ethanol plant

Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11.  More »

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  More »

Gulf dead zone should be smaller than 2013, tied to ethanol production

The annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone — which scientists tie to Midwest agriculture including ethanol production — is expected to be slightly smaller than last year but still around 5,000 square miles.  More »

Oil group: Biofuel delay risks gas price swings

The federal government is already seven months late in setting biofuel quotas for 2014, with the risk that tardiness will translate into volatile gasoline prices, the oil industry’s leading trade group said Wednesday.  More »

Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion

Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer’s massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.  More »

Safety of oil tank cars draws scrutiny

Rail industry representatives on Tuesday told federal investigators they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later mandates.  More »

Valero buys Indiana ethanol plant

Valero plans to begin production soon at an idled ethanol plant it has purchased at an Indiana port on the Ohio River, a spokesman said.  More »

Oil industry and biofuel boosters scrap over mandates (video)

The fight over the nation’s renewable fuels policy is heating up again, as federal regulators mull where to set final biofuel quotas for 2014, and organizations on both sides of the issue pressure Congress to take up the topic.  More »

Missouri rule on track to hike ethanol blend in gasoline

A proposed rule allowing the sale of gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol blend has been on hold since last October when it was temporarily blocked by a Missouri legislative committee.  More »

Top lawmaker proposes California fuel tax

California’s Senate leader on Thursday proposed a tax on consumer fuel purchases of gasoline, oil, diesel, ethanol and natural gas, with the money raised diverted to mass transit projects and households making less than $75,000 annually.  More »

Report: Ethanol’s role could diminish as biofuels grow

Biofuels consumption will increase by more than 57 percent over the next decade, but the proportion that comes from ethanol is likely to decline, according to new projections from market research firm Navigant Research.  More »

GOP senator: Obama set to give big gift to Big Oil

Unless President Barack Obama wants to give a big gift to “Big Oil,” he needs to personally intervene in a fight over the nation’s renewable fuels policy, a Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said Tuesday.  More »
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