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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  • by roadtrp Location: Oklahoma on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    How is it that so many Americans can parrot the traditional myths repeatedly circulated about ethanol (e.g., subsidies, food vs. fuel, energy balance, life cycle, land use, etc.) yet they know nothing about the ownership, location, supply/demand, the real cost of oil, or voice any concerns about the carcinogens and toxics from gasoline emissions? Just like 'click it or ticket'for seat belts; baby seats and anti-tobacco use, public policy supports the common good and even if ethanol is not the perfect solution, support of ethanol use is in the public's best, long term interest relative to public health, economic development and national security.
  • by billebob Location: hickory on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    I have used E85 for 3 years now and my car runs great.Yes I lost a little fuel mileage but with smarter driving habits my mileage has improved.The biggest deal is my fuel dollars are staying un this country suportingthe american farmer not arab terroist.This means alot to a milatary parent.I know I am a pioneer, this technology will get better and move away from corn Aka Brazil with our support. God Bless the USA
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 04:22 PM in reply to billebob
      Better to start somewhere, instead of becoming slaves to big oil, and foreign countries.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    Sorry Steve V; http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2008/01/23/more-bad-news-for-ethanol/
  • by JusticeForAll on Jun 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM
    E-85 production actually is MORE damaging to the environment than petroleum-based fuels--it requires fuel for the farm equipment, toxic chemicals for peticides, herbicides and fertilizers, more fuel to process the corn to alcohol, and even MORE fuel to transport it to refineries. But at least they aren't using that GMO corn to make food for people--GMO crops can't give your car cancer...
  • by Biofuels Location: North Carolina on Jun 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    Let's talk subsidies - it costs the US taxpayer billions to cover the military cost of being in the Middle East to ensure deliveries of oil to the US from OPEC. That cost doesn't get added at the pump, but it is a price that is being paid, none the less, by the American taxpayer. The US currently borrows from the Chinese to meet the billion dollars a day it spends on oil, much of which comes from the Middle East. Two billion people in China and India are switching from bicycles to cars - guess what's going to happen to the price of oil? Why not pay Americans growing biomass crops to make a home grown fuel and keep the dollars here?
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      by clint on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:03 AM in reply to Biofuels
      Because the more land you take out of food production the less food production there will be. As such food prices go up. If we went all bio I fear we would have massive inflation of food costs due to reduced supply. Drill here and drill now to bring down energy costs, then as new technologies, not bio, become practical put them online. Using food for fuel or reducing food producing acres to grow switch grass or whatever is shooting ourselves in the foot.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    I come from a E85 state and it's just like fuel but cheaper. As usual NC is YEARS behind the rest of the Country. You have no idea what your talking about get the facts before you make assumptions.
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      by Scott on Jun 20, 2011 at 05:55 AM in reply to
      It's just like fuel but... cost a little less and doesn't take you as far. You're not saving money if it take's you 1.2 Gallons of ethanol to go the same distance as 1 Gallon of gas and the price isn't significantly cheaper. Add in that it cost more to produce on the front end and is subsidized to keep the back end (consumer) cost down. Add in that it drives corn prices higher due to more demand and you're not saving anything. Corn is just more expensive. So you think you are saving a bit on transportation when in reality you haven't saved anything and are actually paying more at the grocery store so in the end you are worse off.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jun 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM in reply to Scott
        Scott, I caught recently as story that said it wasn't any cleaner either. I know using the mix we now get at gas stations messes up fuel lines on older motors. Especially yard tools. I guess this change to this fuel did create jobs...getting the equipment fixed. Other new jobs, in China, making new leaf blowers and trimmers...
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          by Steve_V on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:15 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Ethanol is much cleaner than gasoline, especially when compared to the aromatic content of gasoline. The oil companies like to use the name toluene but the proper name is Methylbenzene. Unfortunately the oil companies can produce a cheaper but dirtier gasoline as long as ethanol is added. The smoking gun here is PM, particulate emissions. Just Google for yourself and you will find more than enough studies around health effects and urban emissions. One has to wonder why we have such an increase of asthma and cancer. You may think that PM was just a diesel issue since you could see it from old trucks. The ultrafine PM is small enough to penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the blood stream. It is well known that the main cause to gasoline ultrafine pm is the aromatics of gasoline. Today it is regulated in some countries but not in the US.
  • by wha? on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    $3.24 per gal??? Why buy it over gas? I see no advantage to me. I'm not doing it.
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on Jun 18, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Words from the late George Carlin. Its all B.S and its bad for you. 89 Civic-42-45mpg Daily, 95 civic 35-37mpg,97 civic 32-35,2004 civic 30-32. All ex 5 speeds same route same driver same gas stations. Thought these cars were supposed to be getting better feul mileage.
  • by Fran on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    If this is so good, why is not a private company doing it instead of the tax payers?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    I can already see greedy pigs on this Ethanol also. Not the 350 price range but close to it. Not going to happen. Not.
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