Denver launching biodiesel program
On April 22, Hickenlooper announced a pilot program for Denver to fuel 60 Public Works cars and trucks with biodiesel. Both Hickenlooper and Margie Perkins, Director of the Air Division for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, spoke about the health effects and the rising health costs of air pollution in Denver. Carol Rushin, Assistant Regional Administrator of the EPA, noted that city, state and community organizations are all looking for new ways to reduce Denver's air pollution problems.
Offen Petroleum leads by example
Bill and Gwen Gallagher, owners of Offen Petroleum, will be using biodiesel for their own tankers as they deliver fuel to local trucking fleets in northeast Denver. Right now, Bill Gallagher says he will be marketing biodiesel to committed environmentalists and public authorities, and they are targeting sales of 40-50 thousand gallons per month. But he hopes that his trucking fleet customers will soon follow his example. As the EPA continues to reduce allowable amounts of sulfur in diesel fuel, biodiesel can be used to replace the lubricating properties of sulfur, resulting in a fuel that is not only cleaner, but kinder to diesel engines.
Meanwhile, Colorado and Nebraska farmers participating in Blue Sun producer cooperatives are about to harvest their first season of oilseed crops for biodiesel, creating a local supply for expanded biodiesel production in the state.
A BIODIESEL STATION NEAR YOU
courtesy of the Colorado Power Stroke Club