Tue, May 08, 2007
But Proposal Calling For No-Ethanol Fuel On Hold
The Experimental Aircraft Association reports a proposed law in
Hawaii that would require state refiners to make ethanol-free
autofuel readily available for aviation, marine, and other markets
was essentially put on hold last week.
That's not necessarily bad news for pilots, however. Instead,
both state houses passed an amendment to HB 791 requiring oil
distributors to verify their distribution and availability of
ethanol-free gasoline and report their findings back to the state
Department Of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
That information will then be sent to the legislature before the
2008 session, so lawmakers can determine if the demand for
non-blended gasoline requires the proposed legislation to exempt
premium autofuel from state ethanol mandates.
"They're assessing the assessment," said EAA Chapter 1182
President Terri Thomas, who has been working to provide access,
ethanol-free autofuel for aircraft owners who require it. "They're
basically trying to determine if there is enough of a market to
create a law."
HB-791 is not dead, Thomas added... but lawmakers want to look
at what's out there now and determine if there's a way outside of
legislation that refiners can locate ethanol-free fuel pumps at
strategic locations to satisfy the demand.
EAA's goal, shared by marine operators, is to have safe fuel
readily available for those who need it.
The amendment has been sent to governor Linda Lingle for her
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