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Blue Sun Biodiesel and Shoco Oil open Denver Metro's First Retail Biodiesel Station, November 14, 2003

Location: Shoco Oil, 5135 East 74th Avenue (Highway 85 & 74th), Commerce City

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Commerce City
Truckers, tractors, buses from local school districts and the RTD plus scores of pickup trucks showed up at Shoco Oil on a cold November morning to fill their tanks with biodiesel. Located conveniently at the intersection of several major highways in Commerce City, Shoco Oil is sure to be busy dispensing biodiesel to Denver commercial fleets. Also present, and attracting much of the attention, was the spectacular Cummins Engine biodiesel dragster, capable of shutting down its fastest competitors while burning biodiesel -- a clean, non-polluting vegetable based fuel.

Scott Hohnstein cuts the ribbon

Shoco owners want to serve the agricultural community

Third generation oil company owners Becky and Scott Hohnstein explained their decision to begin offering biodiesel at Shoco, one of Denver's major independent fuel distributors. They said they wanted to serve the agricultural community that has been their base for fifty years, and take steps to improve the environment. Becky Hohnstein said "This is going to be the way of the future."

Biodiesel production could boost Colorado's rural economy

Several representatives from the Colorado farm community came to Shoco to lend their support and to explain how biodiesel could help local farmers. Ray Christensen, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, explained how energy costs burden farmers, and he said that biodiesel could be one way to return that money to Colorado's rural areas. Tom Potter, author of a major statewide study on the economic impact of rural renewable energy development said that biodiesel use can create jobs and keep energy expenditures here in Colorado.

Meanwhile school district officials present at the Shoco opening said they were advocates of biodiesel use in order to curb the harmful health effects of diesel pollution upon school children. Front Range School districts recently received a $400,000 EPA grant to reduce pollution from school buses.