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.

NMMA appeals E15 ruling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to request a review of a recent ruling on E15. NMMA legislative director Jim Currie told Soundings Trade Only that the group had moved this week to ask the court to reconsider an August ruling. “We are…more

North Carolina builder offers ValvTect with purchase

Beaufort, N.C.-based Parker Boats will include a sample of ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment with each new boat to help owners avoid problems that ethanol-blended gas can cause. “Although we build our boats to the industry’s most stringent specifications, ethanol gasoline can destabilize very quickly and cause corrosion and other problems to the fuel delivery systems…more

Groups weigh court options after E15 ruling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is reviewing its litigation options after a three-member panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed the marine industry’s challenge to allowing E15 into the fuel supply. The 2-1 decision was disappointing, but was “procedural,” Cindy Squires, the NMMA’s chief counsel of public affairs…more

Appeals court dismisses E15 challenge

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is disappointed by a federal appeals court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow E15 into the fuel supply and is evaluating litigation options. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed on procedural grounds the recreational boating industry’s challenge…more

NMMA hands out E15 warning labels to boatbuilders

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels this week to NMMA member boatbuilders across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol. The labels will help teach boaters that E15 should not be used in…more

Kansas gas station is first to offer E15

The first service station in the country to offer E15 has started to sell it. In Lawrence, Kan., a Phillips 66 station with 14 gas pumps and four for diesel that mix in soy biodiesel with the petroleum has begun to offer the newly approved fuel, which has 15 percent ethanol, according to The New…more

EPA approves plan for E15 use

Contrary to numerous studies showing the detriment of fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan submitted by the ethanol industry to address residual fuel that can be left in gas pumps that offer both E15 and other fuels, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. That step “knocks…more

ValvTect signs deal with Boatersbook.com

ValvTect Petroleum Products and Boatersbook.com formed an alliance that will promote ValvTect-branded marinas and fuel dock locations. The arrangement will give boaters easy access via the Web and smart phones to locate more than 550 ValvTect marine fuel locations. The alliance will create individual online profile pages for ValvTect locations in the United States that…more

New tests raise questions about E15

The marine industry’s opposition to the distribution of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol received a boost this week. Engine durability tests by the Coordinating Research Council, which studies the interaction of engines and petroleum products, found leaks from uneven valve seat wear and pittage in two of eight 2001-09 vehicle engines run for 500 hours…more

ValvTect celebrates its 25th anniversary

When Jerry Nessenson told his wife in 1987 that he planned to start a fuel additive company, she took a dim view of the idea. Nessenson had spent 20 years in the oil business, first at Texaco and later building one of the nation’s largest fuel distributors. The Nessensons had four children in college, and…more

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