Fuel Issues and Ethanol

The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.

ValvTect responds to Star brite lawsuit

ValvTect Petroleum Products said it filed a response to the lawsuit filed by Star brite that alleged a ValvTect comparison ad contained false information. In ValvTect’s response, it denied all of Star brite’s allegations and filed its own charges against Star brite for false advertising, deceptive and unfair practices. In its counterclaim, ValvTect alleges that…more

Ethanol bill introduced in Senate

Legislation designed to protect boaters and manufacturers from the problems associated with mid-level ethanol blends in gasoline was introduced Monday in the U.S. Senate. The Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Act of 2009, S. 1666, was introduced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; and Mary Landrieu, D-La. The Clean Air Act…more

Judge grants Star brite injunction against ValvTect

A federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday granted Star brite’s motion for a preliminary injunction against ValvTect Petroleum Products in a lawsuit over comparison advertisements from ValvTect. “The court concludes that the claims in the ads in this case were not literally false, though they were misleading,” U.S. District Judge James Cohn wrote…more

NMMA submits comments opposing E15 waiver

The National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted nearly 40 pages of comments Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency, opposing a waiver that would allow ethanol blends up to 15 percent. The waiver request was submitted by Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobby. The NMMA has long contended that higher ethanol blends could lead to serious performance, durability…more

E15 comment period ends today

Today is the last day of the comment period on the petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requesting a waiver to allow ethanol gasoline blends of up to 15 percent. The comment period was slated to end May 21, but the additional time allowed boaters, marine industry employees and other concerned parties more time…more

E15 comment deadline approaches

Recreational marine groups are urging boaters to speak up on ethanol-blended gasoline before July 20, the deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s comment period on E15 gasoline. In March, Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobbying organization, and 54 ethanol producers petitioned the EPA to allow an increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10…more

Soundings e-news launches with ethanol focus

Trade Only sister publication Soundings magazine will launch a new e-newsletter Tuesday, and the focus of the first issue is the controversial topic of ethanol-blended gasoline. “Dispatches” is a new electronic publication from the Essex, Conn.-based consumer boating magazine. This first issue examines ethanol and its effect on marine engines, and will encourage readers to…more

Bill would require marine-engine ethanol study

A bill headed to the U.S. House of Representatives calls for a study of blended fuels in marine applications. H.R. 2652, the Maritime Safety Act of 2009, is sponsored by Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., and Section 23 of the bill calls for the study. The bill received a favorable report from the Committee on Transportation…more

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Battle lines drawn for ethanol war

Industry has some powerful allies in its fight to force more testing of E15 The marine industry this spring finds itself embroiled in a struggle to stop a proposed 50 percent increase in the ethanol content of gasoline – the latest round in its fight to protect boat engines and fuel systems from the biofuel’s…more

Companies argue, threaten legal action over claims

Star brite and ValvTect Marine Fuels, two companies that manufacturer fuel additives to combat problems associated with ethanol-blended gasoline, are at odds over marketing material each has distributed, which they say misleads the public about their respective products. “There is a big conflict that’s brewing and I’m sure it’s going to become a legal issue,”…more

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