Duplin County E-85 Gas Station Opens, 2nd In Eastern Carolina

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The 16th ethanol E-85 station opened in the state and it's the 2nd in the east.

At the Magnolia Marketplace in Duplin county, just off of Interstate 40, flex fuel vehicles can now fill up. The E-85 fuel dispenser is the first one to open that's funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Organizers say it's important for these dispensers to continue to open across the state because ethanol fuel has a large potential to grow the economy of North Carolina.

"There's a lot of potential. There's never going to be potential that we'll produce petroleum in this county but there's great potential that we'll be able to grow the crops that make this fuel and that's what's exciting. said Anne Tazewell, N.C. State University.

The owner of the Magnolia Marketplace says having the dispenser open to the public is a 5-year dream come true.

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