The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Mercury Marine are among the groups voicing disappointment over the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement Friday that it will delay until 2015 the final rule that will tell fuel refiners how much ethanol must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
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.
Marine maintenance and care product maker Star brite said it is sponsoring professional bass angler Shaw Grigsby, who has more than $1 million in B.A.S.S. winnings and is ranked fifth on the B.A.S.S. list of all-time money winners.
Mercury Marine is partnering with Fox Sports Outdoors host Barry Stokes to produce a video showing the negative effects that E15, or fuel that is 15 percent ethanol, has on a marine outboard engine.
Researchers say insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used often in corn and soy fields, are leaching into Midwestern waterways and are not only contributing to an alarming decline of bee colonies, they are potentially harming marine life.
BoatUS is asking boaters to speak out against ethanol during a hearing that will be held to debate legislation supported by the Chicago City Council Aldermen that would require self-serve gas stations in the city to sell gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, or E15.
Two members of Congress are seeking co-sponsors on a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard Act, the law that requires an increasing amount of ethanol in the overall fuel supply.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is highlighting a new article that warns of E15 dangers for the Midwestern wild pheasant.
Marine product manufacturer Star brite said it will take part in Tackle X, a unique venue that allows writers to see products acting in real-world settings the day before the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades opens at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is partnering with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on OPEI’s “Look Before You Pump” ethanol education campaign.
ValvTect Petroleum said South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J., joined the more than 600 marinas and fuel docks nationwide that offer the company’s marine fuels.