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.

Federal court denies E15 appeal

An appeal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow E15 into the fuel supply was denied this week in federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a rehearing on the EPA decision that put E15, fuel that is 15 percent ethanol, on the market. The National Marine Manufacturers…more

Gas engines dominate Ward’s list

Ward’s 10 Best Engines, auto industry honors for car and light truck engines, were announced for 2013. For the first time in seven years, the list is composed entirely of gasoline-powered engines, with no hybrid, all-electric or diesel powertrains to be found. Although this result might seem to go against the grain of the industry’s…more

NMMA applauds AAA’s stance against E15

AAA has come out against the use of E15 at gas stations. “With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than 5 percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use that fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected,” the federation…more

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

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