Ethanol Debate Heads to the Water

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Monday, September 04 2006 Sep 4, 2006 Monday, September 04, 2006 7:34:53 PM CDT September 04, 2006 in News

What's mandated for cars will soon be mandated for boats. Boats will soon have to use an ethanol blend when filling up. This means a 10 percent addition of ethanol to every gallon of gasoline.

Missouri lawmakers passed a law that requires all gasoline sold in the state to contain 10 percent ethanol by January 2007.

"I'm real proud of the fact that it's here in the United States and that it's going to help farmers," said speed boater Dennis Hillhouse.

While ethanol works well in car engines it's leaving some boaters with doubts.

"Their engines are going to ping, it's going to rattle, it's going to cause alot of mechanical problems," gas attendant Dwayne Estenson said.

These mechanical problems could add up to higher maintenance costs for boaters. Experts say newer boats are better equipped to use the ethanol and gasoline mixture.

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