Ethanol in Southwest Louisiana

February 21, 2007

Reproted by: Associated Press

Pumpelly Oil plans to install the first public ethanol fuel pump in Louisiana at one of its Sulphur gas stations to get a jump on an emerging retail market for the renewable fuel.

Sulphur-based Pumpelly is partnering with CleanFuel U.S.A., a Georgetown, Texas-based manufacturer of alternative-fuel stations and vehicle equipment.

The station, on Swisco Road near Interstate 10, will offer two pump slots with E-85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15% gasoline.

Glen Pumpelly, president of Pumpelly Oil, says the pump should be installed within 90 days. He says the company plans to install additional pumps at stations from Lake Charles to Lafayette.

Ethanol boosters say the fuel, produced from renewable products such as corn or sugarcane, is a cleaner-burning, domestically produced alternative to gasoline.