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Your ONLY Comprehensive Source of Ethanol FREE Gas Locations Throughout Louisiana’s 64 Parishes and Mississippi’s 82 Counties.

Pete Landrys Real - Your ONLY Comprehensive Source of Ethanol FREE Gas Locations Throughout Louisiana’s 64 Parishes and Mississippi’s 82 Counties.


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    *     *     *     BREAKING NEWS     *     *     *


NEW POLL:  Notice that we have started a new poll titled “Which Fuel Stabilizer Do You Use in Your Marine Engine”.  The poll was intended to ask which fuel additive you used if you were to use E10 fuel in your marine engine.  It is just below the “Donate” button on the right hand side of this page.  I did NOT include any stabilizer that contained any form of alcohol as they only make the ethanol problem worse if you use E10 fuel. PLEASE VOTE.  I’ll leave the poll up until October 31st. 


NOTICE TO ALL READERS:  Since I have over 70 petitioners who did NOT provide their correct address information, and have not answered my e-mail requests TWICE to please send me their correct information, I have RE-OPENED THE PETITION to see if we can get at least 100 more signatures so we can make the 1,000 petition mark.  PLEASE inform your friends and neighbors.  If you sign, please include your spouse also.  If the spouse doesn’t have a separate e-mail address, just add his/her name in the “First Name” line.  As of Tuesday evening, STILL ONLY 41 new names on petition since re-opening it…….keep it up readers – I’d really like to get 100 new ones.  Please talk it up with your friends and family!


PLEASE, PLEASE……if you joined the petition and did NOT list your address, or listed a P.O. Box or incomplete street address, PLEASE check your e-mail for my request for your complete address and REPLY so I can complete the petition and send it off………PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!  Still have 83 names on petition with no physical address, a P.O. Box, or street with no number!

I have sent e-mails out to over 100 petitioners who had missing information on their submittal.  MOST have NOT responded to e-mails which I have sent TWICE to date.  I had hoped to get 1,000 petitioners on the petition, but due to the large number of incomplete names, currently have around 975.   I am REALLY GETTING TIRED of this.  I have spend over 40 hours to date ‘cleaning up’ the spreadsheet and e-mailing and re-e-mailing nearly 150 petitioners who did NOT follow instructions when they completed their petition.  If I don’t replies from those this time, I AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING “DITCHING THE WHOLE PROJECT”!  


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TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE : Today I posted an article from Louisiana discussing our Chalmette Refining Petition.

LSU SPORTS NEWS:  Today (10/13), I posted a sports article from the Bleacher Report on “the coming out” of Leonard Fournette.  Read the article in the LSU sports section below.

NOTICE:   The new AP Polls were out Sunday afternoon (10/19) and the new #1 Team in the Nation is Mississippi State, Florida State is #2 and  Ole Miss is #3, Alabama jumped to #4 and Auburn is #5.  LSU moved back into the top 25 at #24.

GUN CONTROL  NEWS:  I posted (8/23) a new gun control article on the “Gun Control in America” page from The Washington Times titled “Lyons: Small-Arms Treaty, Big Second Amendment Threat“.  For readers who are not familiar with the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you read this article.  The UN has for several years attempted to develop a document that most Nations could support.  They completed their proposal in 2013 and, Obama directed Secretary of State John Kerry to sign the document in early 2014.  The treaty requires approval by the U.S. Senate before it becomes law in the U.S.   In a “straw vote” in 2013, BEFORE Kerry signed the Treaty, Senate leader Harry Reid took a vote of the Senate to see if he had enough votes to approve this Treaty.  He was short by about 8 votes.  BUT, it is important to know that Louisiana U.S. Senate Mary Landrieu voted FOR this Treaty!  In other words, she would have the U.N. take away the private ownership of guns in America and essentially negate our Constitutions 2nd Amendment.  

I URGE all gun owners and 2nd Amendment advocates to read this article and read the U.N. Treaty document below the article.  It is CRITICAL that we call, write and e-mail our Louisiana and Mississippi Senators at least weekly and URGE your Senator NOT TO VOTE for this U.N. Small Arms Treaty should it come up for a vote in the Senate.  

If the Senate approves this Treaty, kiss all your weapons goodbye!  This is VERY SCARY!  Read the article in on the website’s “Gun Control in America” page.

This is yet another reason why if we value our 2nd amendment rights, it is CRITICAL that we WAKE UP and write, call and e-mail our U.S. Senators and Congressmen and URGE them to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.  In so doing, you should make it very clear that ANY elected official that votes FOR new gun laws will NOT get your vote.  ALSO, if you are not already a member of NRA, I urge you to join.  They are a very powerful lobby force in Washington and need our support.  See the link to join below.


American gun owners and defenders of the 2nd Amendment NEED HELP in fighting off the Government and State ‘gun control’ advocates!  If you are not currently a member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) or the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights), you are urged to join TODAY.  

Here’s how (the NRA is the most powerful and influential):




 *    *    *   WEBSITE NEWS    *    *    *

 I have resumed my update of our website’s Louisiana ethanol free gas list.  As I indicted when I began this considerable effort, I will update the list on the website when I am completed.  This is a VERY time consuming effort, so bear with me.  

I am now working on Livingston Parish (going alphabetically), which is another large one.  Going slow as I’m working on finishing the petition and getting it ready to mail out.  SLOWED down A LOT by so many petitions that did NOT have their address listed and having to send e-mails over and over to try get them to provide their address.  Still trying to finish the Chalmette Refining Petition.  Having to send out over 100 e-mails to readers who did NOT provide their physical address……..VERY slow in getting replies.


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It’s been awhile since I posted a few guidelines I use in the website postings, so I thought since we most likely have quite a few new readers of the site since I’ve posted this, here goes again:

-  I post articles on the website Monday thru Saturday, and take Sunday off.

-  If I attach a link to an article with the prefix “Read full article here:”, it means that the article comes from a source that has “copyright” protection on their articles.  I’m allowed to post the first 2-3 paragraphs without having to buy a VERY EXPENSIVE license fee to post the entire article.

-  I am in the process of updating my Louisiana “Ethanol FREE Gas List“. The process take quite some time as it involves calling over 3,500 gas locations across the State.  The Mississippi list was generated in the fall of 2012 so it should be relatively accurate still.  When I have completed all Louisiana Parishes, I will delete the current list and post the new list.  I’ll post a notice when I do this.

- Per a poll I conducted late in 2012, I usually post ethanol articles four days per week, a fishing/hunting article one day and a sports article one day also, both usually at the end of the week.

- The “Gun Control in America” page was created about two years ago after a 6 week poll to see if readers were interested in reading this info.  Over 94% said YES.

I am open to suggestions to articles you may have an interest in reading.  Simply e-mail me at with your suggestion


    *  *  *   TODAY’S FEATURE ARTICLE   *  *  *     

Today I posted an ethanol related article from Louisiana Sportsman titled “Online Petition Underway Urging Chalmette Refining to Resume Manufacturing Non-Ethanol Gas“.  Louisiana Sportsman writer Patrick Bonin about our Petition shortly after we launched the Petition.  I’m not sure if all current readers read this article when I first posted in July shortly after I posted, so I thought I’d post it again.


*   *   *  FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE   *   *   *

NCAA Football Polls – LSU Rankings Oct 19,2014                             

- Associated Press Poll –  #24  (were out of top 25)

- USA Today/Coaches Poll – #23 (were out of top 25)

The Sunday, October 19th Associated Press polls are as follows: 

#1: Mississippi State, #2: Florida State, #3: Ole Miss, #4: Alabama, #5: Auburn,  and #24 LSU

NOTE:  This is the FIRST time in NCAA polling history that 4 teams from the SAME Conference are in the TOP 5, and ALL from the SEC West Division!

The Tigers hold the national record of non-conference wins, with 49 consecutive wins (as of 9/27/2014) currently, going back to 2002.



Here is the Tigers 2014 football Schedule:

To buy available individual game tickets, click on this link:                  

LSU Football Ticket



8/30 –  WIN:  LSU  28 – Wisconsin 24 

9/6 –   WIN:  LSU  56  –  Sam Houston State 0

9/13 –  WIN:  LSU  31  –   UL Monroe  0

9/20 – LOSS:  LSU  29  –  Mississippi State  34 

9/27WIN:  LSU 63  –  New Mexico State  7

10/4LOSS:  LSU  7  –   Auburn  41

10/11WIN:  LSU  30  –  Florida  27 

10/18WIN:  LSU  41 – Kentucky  3 

10/25LSU vs Ole Miss – Death Valley – 6:15 – ESPN TV

11/1BYE Week

11/8 - LSU vs Alabama – Death Valley – TBA – TV?

11/15LSU vs Arkansas – Fayettville – TBA – TV?

11/27LSU vs Texas A&M – College Station – 6:30 pm – ESPN TV

GAME SUMMARY:  Senior RB Terrance Magee was the hero of the Tigers big win over Kentucky.  Magee rushed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns.   With this win, the Tigers are 6 – 2 and bowl eligible for the 15th consecutive year!


      *   *   *   *   2014 FOOTBALL NEWS   *   *   *   *

If you are planning to attend home games of the 2014 football season in “Death Valley” this year, I encourage you to red new parking and traffic changes before you leave for the game.  The changes are summarized on  Here is the link: 


ALSO:  For fans who would prefer NOT to drive on the campus, there are buses which run from the “L’Auberge Casino” on Hwy 30, just about 5 miles before the campus that will pick up passengers at the casino parking area next to the parking garage and drop you off at the old Alex Box baseball park area, a short walk from the football stadium.  They start taking passengers at 3:00 pm for 6pm games and the cost is $10/person round trip.  Availability is based on “first come” basis.  The valet manager at the casino told me today that 6 buses showed up at 3:00 pm to pickup passengers for the trip to “Death Valley”.


        *    *    *    LSU SPORTS ARTICLE    *    *    *

Here is an article from the Bleacher Report on LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette’s performance in Saturday’s game against Florida.  Those of us who watched the game saw a different attitude from Fournette in this game.  He ran with conviction and determination, on several runs, bulling his way over and around defenders to reach the end zone.    


By Carter Bryant/Featured Columnist – Bleacher Report – Oct 12, 2014


LSU running back Leonard Fournette

LSU running back Leonard Fournette

BUGA Nation (Being United Generates Attitude) hit primetime television Saturday night.

 Finally, LSU running back Leonard Fournette lived up to the hype. Fournette rushed for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Florida. 

LSU head coach Les Miles made the best coaching decision of the season by scratching the running back by committee against the Gators. Fournette took 27 of the Tigers’ 50 carries and never wavered.

 Miles pumped Fournette up in the preseason unlike any other player he had before. Florida was the first time he trusted the 5-star true freshman to be the focal point of the offense.

About time. 

LSU Running Backs Against Florida

                                   Attempts     Yards    YPC     TDs    
Leonard Fournette          27             140         5.2       2      
Terrence Magee              6                50         8.3       0      
Kenny Hilliard                  4                15         3.1       1      
Darrel Williams                2                 4          2          0      

Fournette finally got the touches he deserved. His 27 carries were two more than what he got against Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Auburn combined. 

Sure, Fournette struggled to start the season. But the Tigers abandoned him too early against Auburn and Mississippi State. Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron gave the other running backs carries that should have gone to him. 

Fournette made defenders miss and powered through arm tackles. On his first touchdown run, he burst through a tackler at the goal line.

Nearly every Fournette run featured a massive collision. Those hits began taking their toll on the Gators defense. All-SEC corner Vernon Hargreaves III was knocked out of the game while tackling him. Hargreaves’ absence was felt when Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings completed clutch passes late to Travin Dural. 

Jennings struggled through the air until late in the game. Nearly half of his completions went to fullback Melvin Jones. It is evident the LSU passing attack looks still has a long way to go. 

If Fournette and the LSU offensive line continue to play dominant football, the passing game will continue to improve. Miles can also play his preferred old-school, smash-mouth football, which is what has gotten him to 100 wins at LSU. 

The Tigers will still need backup runners Kenny Hilliard, Terrence Magee and Darrel Williams to give Fournette much-needed rest. But Miles should give him at least 15 touches a game for LSU’s offense to perform at its optimal level. 

Fournette should have success next week against 5-1 Kentucky next Saturday in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats allowed Florida’s Matt Jones and South Carolina’s Mike Davis to rush for a combined 339 yards and four touchdowns. There is no excuse for the true freshman to not crack 100 yards. 

After Kentucky, the Tigers will face the stingy run defenses of Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas. Fournette will be the Tigers’ best shot of having success on the ground against those teams. If LSU is forced into throwing the football often, the likelihood of winning a game in the SEC West decreases.

There are no easy victories left for LSU, but the best path is with Fournette leading the charge.  


Here is a current listing of LSU Football’s 2015 Committments (as of October 20, 2014):

LSU RB commit Derrius Guice of Catholic in Baton Rouge has indicted he is renewing his search, but has NOT de-commited from LSU.

2015 LSU football commits (15) – Star Ratings by 24/7 Sports

- Maea Teuhema (5 Star) OL, 6-4, 340, Keller, Texas, (Keller)

- Kevin Toliver (5 Star) CB, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)

- Nick Brossette (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 205, Baton Rouge (University)

- Jazz Ferguson (4 Star) WR, 6-5, 205, Saint Francisville (West Feliciana)

- Derrius Guice (4 Star) RB, 6-0, 210, Baton Rouge (Catholic)

- Jeremy Cutrer (4 Star) S, 6-2, 170, Jewel Sumner, JUCO

- Xavier Lewis (4 Star) CB, 6’0″, 180, East St. John, LaPlace

- Bry’Keithon Mouton (3 Star), TE, 6’2″, 230, Acadiana HS

- David Ducre (3 Star) FB, 6-0, 230, Mandeville (Lakeshore)

- Matt Wommack (3 Star) OL, 6-7, 320, Hernando, MS

- Adrian Magee (3 Star) OL, 6-4, 352, Franklinton (Franklinton)

- Isaiah Washington (3 Star) DE, 6-3, 225, New Orleans (Edna Karr)

- Blake Ferguson (3 Star) LS, 6-1, 235, Buford, Ga. (Buford)

- Hanner Shipley (3 Star) TE, 6-5, 260, Marble Falls, Texas, (Marble Falls)

- Justin McMilan (3 Star) QB, 6’2″, 170, Cedar Hills, Texas



LSU’s 2016 Class commitments as of 10/20/2014:

- Feleipe Franks (4 STAR) - QB, 6′ 5″, 205, Crawfordville, FL

- Dee Anderson (4 STAR) – WR, 6’4”, 176, Mesquite, Texas

- Stephen Sullivan (4 STAR) – WR, 6’6”, 215. Donaldsonville, LA                           ——————————————————————————————————-


BREAKING NEWS:  It was announced on Bleacher Report on August 11, 2014 that LSU Commit Dylan Moses is the #1 ranked football athlete for the 2017 draft!

-Dylan Moses (5 STAR) - RB/S, 6’1″, 215, University High, Baton Rouge



We removed FIVE ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Sullivan’s Store, 11769 LA Hwy 155, Castor, Bienville Parish – Switched to E10.

Cash-N-Carry, 12590 River Road, Destrehan, St Charles Parish – Store Stopped selling gas!

Conn’s Store, 3119 LA Hwy 146, Chatham, Jackson Parish – Store Closed (Thanks to Woody for the info)

Jim’s Convenience Store, 2801 LA Hwy 306, Des Allemands, St. Charles Parish – Store CLOSED (Thanks to Mike for the info)

We added FIVE new ethanol FREE location in Louisiana recently:

Pell State Bulk Plant, 3410 Industrial Drive, Bossier City, Bossier Parish

Farmer Valley Co-op, 250 Rapides Dr, Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish

Time Saver, 14851 Hwy 90, Paradis, St Charles Parish – sells BOTH E0 and E10

Race Trac, 2713 Paris Road, Chalmette, St Bernard Parish – the station sells BOTH E0 and E10 fuel. 

Riverstop (Chevron Station), 31539 Hwy 22, Springfield, LA (Livingston Parish) – the station sells E0 and E10 both

NOTEIf any reader locates a store that is selling ethanol FREE gas but is not on our list, PLEASE send me the information asked for on the “Ethanol Facts” page so we can add it to the list!

We encourage all readers to patronize retailers who sell ethanol FREE gas.  If they are not profitable selling EO, they may convert to sell ethanol gas and stores with EO will become harder and harder to find.                                             ——————————————————————————————————- 

Have a GREAT week readers!  




By Patrick Bonin – Louisiana – July 1, 2014

With the status of production at the facility still unclear, a petition urging Chalmette Refining to resume the manufacture and sale of ethanol free gasoline has been started online.


Chalmette Refining Refinery

Chalmette Refining Refinery

Retired petrochemical chemist Alton “Pete” Landry, a self-described ethanol critic in LaPlace who operates a website detailing the dangers of ethanolstarted the signature-gathering effort on Wednesday

“We want to keep some visibility on the issue,” Landry said. “I’m hopeful we can get 3- to 5,000 signatures on the petition. 

“Our ultimate objective is to convince Chalmette Refining to reevaluate their position and resume the manufacturing of conventional non-ethanol gas.”

Read full article here:



By Deb Sauerhage – Southern Business Journal – Oct 7, 2014

Ethanol, an alcohol made from renewable sources like corn and other grains, once thought to be the solution to our dependence on foreign oil, has not reached its potential in the fuel industry.

According to ethanol experts, the use of ethanol, an environmentally friendly motor vehicle fuel which creates jobs and a market for Illinois corn, has been hindered by government regulations.

More than 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol are produced annually in Illinois. According to the Illinois Renewable Fuels Association in 2012, the production of 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol helped support more than 383,000 jobs.

Blended with gasoline, ethanol helps to substantially reduce carbon monoxide and volatile organic compound emissions.

Despite having fuel available for sale and a new ethanol fuel approved, the ethanol industry is battling with the Environmental Protection Agency, which submitted a proposal to slow production, according to John Caupert, director of National Corn to Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville.

Read full article here:



By Eric Roston – Bloomberg – Sept 4, 2014


The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 28, 2010. Around the location of the oil leak, and around the Mississippi Delta, relatively light swirls and patches appear on the ocean surface.

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 28, 2010. Around the location of the oil leak, and around the Mississippi Delta, relatively light swirls and patches appear on the ocean surface.

Now that a federal judge has ruled that BP acted in gross negligence in 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people, it’s a good time to ask: How bad were the environmental damages?

At that time, with news networks reserving a corner of their screens for streaming undersea video of streaming undersea oil, the projections were apocalyptic. President Barack Obama delivered an Oval Office address on June 15, 2010, in which he expressed a sentiment widely felt at the time: “Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”

Ultimately, once the final dollar amounts are tallied, it might turn out to be the most expensive one. But there are several chronic disasters unfolding around the Gulf that at least compete with the Deepwater Horizon for “worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” Sure, they’re less telegenic than an open seafloor pipe flooding the Gulf with oil but they are nonetheless worth keeping in mind. Here are three:

Read full article here



By Jim Kleinpeter – Times Picayune – Oct 13, 2014


LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) has moved to the top of the list of offensive options for LSU

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) has moved to the top of the list of offensive options for LSU

Mark the date of LSU’s victory against Florida – Oct. 11, 2014. That’s the day the Tiger offense was turned over to its best player, freshman running back Leonard Fournette.

In his first career start, LSU didn’t ask much of Fournette, the five-star recruit with three-star numbers going in. They only wanted the 6-feet-2, 230-pound New Orleanian to shoulder the offensive load and help the team squeeze out a desperately needed victory at one of the most difficult venues to win in the SEC.

Fournette delivered – big time – with career highs of 27 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-27 victory. Now LSU’s season has taken a brighter tone going into Saturday’s home game against 5-1 Kentucky. The Tigers are 5-2 and 1-2 in the SEC with three consecutive home games coming up.

In his seventh college game, Fournette ran like a seasoned senior against the No. 4 rush defense in the SEC, allowing 103 yards per game and 2.8 per carry. It was the most yards rushing by an LSU true freshman since Justin Vincent had 201 in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia in 2003.

The 27 carries were remarkable but he showed he had the toughness to handle that plus four kickoff returns. Several times he was hammered to the ground but he also delivered some shots, carried tacklers with him, juked others and even threw in a nifty spin move no one had seen this season.

It was a performance many LSU fans have been waiting to see.

“He was doing his thing,” LSU guard Vadal Alexander said. “I saw that little (spin) move on the highlights.”

LSU coach Les Miles didn’t come out and say that Fournette was now the centerpiece of the Tigers’ offense, but it’s pretty obvious developing the quarterback position is going to take awhile. Sophomore Anthony Jennings struggled until coming up with two big throws in the fourth quarter. LSU’s best option for an offensive theme is to give the ball to Fournette.

“Young Tigers are here to play big roles, not just me, for everybody,” Fournette said after the game. “I felt good running the ball.(Runnings backs) Coach Frank (Wilson) told me north and south, downhill, we gotta go downhill. That’s what all the backs did.

“I’m a lot better than I was when the season started. The game has slowed down for me now. That’s why I’m able to see the cutback lanes. It’s coaching and getting help from Kenny (Hilliard) and Terrence (Magee) and all the older guys, they helped me a lot.”

Fournette, in turn, helped the whole team. With Florida leading 7-0 and the Gators’ crowd into the game, Fournette silenced them. He charged off left tackle for 16 yards and then went up the middle 12 yards for his first SEC touchdown, driving Florida safety Marcus Maye 5 yards into the end zone.

In the fourth quarter, he dove over the top of the pile to give LSU its first lead of the game and first in an SEC game this season. Between the touchdowns, he left cornerback Jalen Tabor grasping at air with his spin move on a 15-yard run.

 Fournette now has rushed 93 times for 515 yards and six touchdowns. He’s not among the top 10 in the SEC because those standings are determined by average yards per game. LSU is one of two SEC schools that has played seven which makes his average 72 yards per game. He has more yardage than two of the top 10 league backs.

“He’s improving every week coming to practice and continuing to grow in this offense,” Magee said. “He did a heck of a job, got some hard, tough yards running between the tackles when he needed to. He bounced (outside) some, put some moves on some guys when he needed to. He looked real good.”

He made others look good, too. Fournette got plenty of rest and Magee ran six times for 50 yards as a change-of-pace back, and when he couldn’t finish a second quarter drive, Hilliard came in to score on fourth-and-1.

For Miles, Fournette is an old-school type of back who would have fit perfectly into the Michigan teams when he coached the offensive line. He compares favorably with former Michigan backs that Miles saw up close like Leroy Hoard, another New Orleanian, and Tyrone Wheatley. Miles likes the idea of using them to pound opponents into submission.

“He’s one of those backs that gets stronger as the game gets longer,” Miles said. “He’s cut out to be that kind of back. Leonard gives us that big, fast back we can really push the ball at a defense with.”

Said Alexander of Fournette’s physical style: “We love that, seeing someone set that tone, show them we came to play and are going to be here all night.

“Leonard can be as great as he wants to be. He’s one of the most talented people in the country. He’s going to keep getting better.”

All of Fournette’s teammates talk about his maturity and his strong practice habits. There’s no sense of jealousy from the other backs or the rest of the offense. Jennings, in particular, knows that the better Fournette plays, the easier it will be for him at quarterback.

“He’s a great back, we all know that,” Jennings said. “He comes in every day with a great mindset and does a great job running the football. It continues to build his confidence and the O-line’s confidence.”

Kentucky can expect to see another heavy dose of Fournette. Now that the Tigers’ offensive line is playing better, the season could turn on this two-game swing against East Division opponents. LSU’s best chance is to continue putting the ball in Fournette’s hands as often as possible.

“He’s let his athletic skill take over,” Alexander said. “He’s hitting the hole extremely fast, he’s got great vision and toughness, a powerful guy. He’s showing out and doing what we need him to do.”





By Lynn Doan – Bloomberg – Oct 14, 2014

Gasoline futures are trading at the smallest premium to ethanol in more than a month amid waning demand and low crude prices, threatening to halt the biofuel’s biggest rally since August.

Gasoline for November delivery tumbled 7.51 cents, or 3.3 percent, to close at $2.1802 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange today, the lowest settlement since November 2010. Futures for ethanol, blended into gasoline, gained 3.4 cents to $1.671 a gallon. Ethanol rose 9.7 cents last week, the most since the seven days ended Aug. 15, supported by higher corn prices and increased demand for exports.

“I’m actually getting a little nervous here,” Matt Janney, a broker at Futures International LLC in Chicago, said by telephone today. “Corn’s been rallying, so that’s helped, but this might be short-lived. It’s scary to see gasoline down 7 cents today. At some point, gasoline could get so cheap that it’s going to hurt ethanol.”

Read full article here:



By Patrick Winters and Jack Kaskey – Hydrocarbon Processing – Oct 8, 2014

“This plant will make money”, William Feehery, president of the industrial biosciences unit, said in an interview.  “We put a lot of time and R&D money into this”. 

DuPont Co. said a $500 million bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste, singled out by activist investor Nelson Peltz as lavish, will pay off as companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. add to demand for renewable chemicals and fuels.

“This plant will make money,” William Feehery, president of the industrial biosciences unit, said in an interview at the World Conference on Fabric & Home Care in Montreux, Switzerland. “We put a lot of time and R&D money into this.”

The third-largest US chemical company is investing in building a biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa, that will be completed in the coming months, and on research and development for enzymes to break down corn waste into ethanol. DuPont will supply cellulosic ethanol to Procter & Gamble’s Tide Coldwater liquid laundry detergent, the first commercial scale-up of its kind.

Peltz singled out the cellulosic ethanol plant as an example of the Wilmington, Delaware-based company’s “speculative and expensive corporate science projects” that have “destroyed shareholder value.” DuPont has as much as $4 billion in excess corporate costs that can be cut, the activist investor said.

Peltz first disclosed his Trian Fund Management’s interest in the company last year. Since then, Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman has announced cuts in administration, a share buyback worth $5 billion and a spinoff the company’s performance chemicals unit, a commodity business that has more volatile earnings than other segments.

Renewables Uncertainty

How quickly the plan makes a return on investment depends on whether US policy makers cut the amount of renewable fuels that are blended into the the nation’s gasoline supply, said James Collins, who heads three DuPont units: Industrial Biosciences, Performance Polymers and Packaging & Industrial Polymers.

“There’s been some debate about it recently,” he said.

Uncertainty means potential licencees, who will provide income by buying DuPont’s cellulosic ethanoltechnology to use in their own cellulosic plants, are “sitting on the sidelines,” he said.

The company is still a number of years away from being able to license as many as five new future plants, though the P&G contract shows the product will have additional industrial uses outside of gasoline replacement, for which it was originally developed. The Tide Coldwater detergent has sales of $100 million in North America.



By David Shaffer – Star Tribune – Oct 11, 2014


Corn husks and cobs stripped of their kernels are the raw material for a new cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The material is collected in large bales and fed into the first large commercial ethanol plant to rely on nonfood material. Jointly built by ethanol maker Poet Inc. of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Royal DSM of the Netherlands, the plant is expected to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year.

Corn husks and cobs stripped of their kernels are the raw material for a new cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The material is collected in large bales and fed into the first large commercial ethanol plant to rely on nonfood material. Jointly built by ethanol maker Poet Inc. of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Royal DSM of the Netherlands, the plant is expected to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year.

EMMETSBURG, IOWA – The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources like corn cobs are starting operations in the Midwest amid industry worries that they might also be the last — at least in the United States.

After a decade of research and development, ethanol maker Poet Inc. and its Dutch partner Royal DSM recently produced the first cellulosic ethanol at a $275 million plant next to a cornfield in this northern Iowa town.

Two other companies are completing new cellulosic ethanol plants in Iowa and Kansas. By next year, they expect to be producing millions of gallons of the advanced biofuel.

“It was a big moment when we produced ethanol,” said the Emmetsburg plant’s general manager, Daron Wilson, who kept a vial from the first batch in August as a memento. “It was jubilation.”

Yet the goal of producing ethanol from nonfood sources faces a murky future. Wavering U.S. policy on renewable fuels and the North American oil boom cast a shadow over the commercial triumph.

The next big cellulosic ethanol plants are planned or underway in Brazil, not the United States. Although the U.S. government has spent more than $1 billion to develop cellulosic technology, industry executives recently wrote to President Obama that other countries, including China, could “reap the economic and environmental rewards of technologies pioneered in America.”

Most ethanol is fermented from corn kernels. The fuel made at the new Emmetsburg plant is derived from inedible parts of the corn plant. Straw and grasses also can be used because, like corn residue, they contain sugars that cellulosic technology can extract from the fibers.

Outside the Emmetsburg plant lie 158,000 bales of corn cobs, husks and stalks collected from farmers’ fields. The residue is ground up, subjected to acid, water, heat and enzymes to extract hidden sugars. Then they’re fermented and distilled. The 200-proof alcohol is the same as that made from corn.

“Cellulosic is kind of like corn ethanol was in the ’80s,” said Jeff Lautt, CEO of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Poet, the nation’s second-largest ethanol maker operating 27 traditional production plants including four in Minnesota. “It has a lot of promise, it needs some support to allow the innovation and continuous improvement to happen, but long term it can compete on its own just like corn ethanol.”

Lautt and other industry officials said cellulosic ethanol can be produced today for $3 per gallon, but costs are sure to drop, making it competitive with corn ethanol, whose U.S. average rack price recently dropped below $2 per gallon.

Besides federal R&D grants, Congress has, at times, offered a $1 per gallon tax credit to promote advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol. The credit expired last year. In 2007, Congress enacted the renewable fuel standard that imposed a complex system of mandates to blend more ethanol into the nation’s motor fuel. The oil industry has resisted it as onerous, costly and unworkable.

Ethanol makers say that without a blending mandate, it will be difficult if not impossible to raise investment capital for more U.S. cellulosic ethanol plants. The Obama administration, which has signaled it might dramatically alter the mandate, is expected to soon announce its policy.

The new Midwestern cellulosic ethanol plants represent big investments by deep-pocket companies that weathered longer-than-expected paths to commercial scale.

Abengoa Bioenergy, the U.S.-based biofuels arm of a Spanish energy company, says it has just completed and is starting up its $300 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan. Like the Poet-DSM plant in Emmetsburg, its output is expected to be 25 million gallons per year.

DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol, part of the Wilmington, Del.-based industrial giant, expects to complete in a few months its 30 million-gallon-per-year plant in Nevada, Iowa, at a cost of more than $200 million. Last week, DuPont said it will sell more than 500,000 gallons of the output annually to Procter & Gamble for its cold-water Tide laundry detergent. Tide, which has long used ethanol in its formula, will be the first detergent produced with cellulosic ethanol.

Abengoa is upbeat about its new plant’s success, but is planning its next project in Brazil. That’s already happened with Iogen Corp., an Ottawa-based company with similar cellulosic technology. Iogen is completing a plant in Brazil with ethanol maker Raízen Energia Participacoes. Both plants will make ethanol from bagasse, a fibrous material in sugar cane.

“America remains an exciting and important opportunity,” Iogen CEO Brian Foody said in an interview. “It is important that U.S. policy find room for growth of ethanol use beyond the E10 level.”

E10 and the ‘blend wall’

One problem facing the ethanol industry is that traditional ethanol plants have more than enough capacity to supply 10 percent of the U.S. fuel supply. Almost all gasoline is sold at that blend, E10.

Ethanol makers never planned on cutting back corn ethanol output to make way for the new cellulosic version. At Emmetsburg, the Poet-DSM cellulosic plant called “Project Liberty,” stands next to a 9-year-old corn-ethanol plant.

That leaves one choice: higher blends like E15.

“The truth is that there is only so much ethanol being bought in this country,” said Paul Niznik, research manager and biofuels expert at Hart Energy Research & Consulting in Houston. “If you are making cellulosic ethanol, you are not competing against petroleum products, you are competing with other ethanol plants.”

Once, ethanol marched in the vanguard to reduce U.S. oil imports. Now, the domestic shale oil boom also can claim the energy-independence banner. Oil imports are down to 40 percent of U.S. consumption, the lowest since 1996.

“In 2007 we were talking about peak oil — we don’t talk about that anymore,” said Jason Hill, assistant professor of bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the University of Minnesota. “The landscape has changed.”

What’s next?

The game plan for cellulosic pioneers like Poet-DSM is to license their technology to other ethanol companies and earn fees on the intellectual property.

That might be difficult if investment dollars dry up for large, new ethanol plants. Yet there is another, new, low-cost cellulosic option that may appeal to ethanol plants looking to expand.

Quad County Corn Processors, a locally owned ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa, developed technology that extracts trapped sugars from fibrous parts of the corn kernel and ferments them in an ethanol plant’s existing equipment. ICM Inc., the Colwich, Kan., company that designed most of the U.S. ethanol plants, offers a competing corn-fiber cellulosic technology.

In September, the Galva cooperative officially flipped the switch on its system — $9 million worth of bolt-on equipment to boost the plant’s ethanol output by 6 percent, and, eventually, 11 percent, said CEO Delayne Johnson in an interview.

“Our technology doesn’t need any government subsidies to make it profitable,” said Johnson, who believes the investment will pay off in three years.

Johnson said the technology also increases the ethanol plant’s output of corn oil, and results in a higher ratio of protein in the animal-feed byproduct, making it more valuable. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says corn-fiber ethanol qualifies as an advanced biofuel, which gives it a higher value under the agency’s blending requirements.

Some researchers have questioned whether cellulosic ethanol from cornfield residue truly helps reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change. Hill said long-term studies are needed to resolve those scientific issues. Ethanol makers say cellulosic technology’s low-carbon benefits are proved — and could offer business opportunities.

The industry is closely watching states like California that have or are considering low-carbon fuel standards. They could pave the way for cellulosic ethanol expansion beyond the Corn Belt, with production plants fed not by crop residue, but organic waste from garbage. Abengoa is piloting such a plant in Spain.

“We are actively promoting a full-scale project using municipal waste as a feedstock, which will allow us go outside the middle of the United States to the coasts where there are heavily populated areas that produce a lot of trash and use a lot fuel,” said Christopher G. Standlee, Abengoa executive vice president for global affairs.



By John Griffin – Lansing State Journal – Oct 6, 2014

Environmental groups, restaurant and grocer associations, automobile manufacturers, and producers of poultry, pork and beef have joined the oil and natural gas industry in sounding the alarm about damaging ethanol requirements (“Pro-ethanol policy helps Michigan agriculture,” Sept. 19).

Ethanol production has diverted more than 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop from food to fuel, leading to a 25 percent increase in the consumer price index for food since 2005. Continuing to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard could lead to fuel rationing and supply shortages that could drive up gasoline costs by 30 percent and diesel costs by 300 percent, according to a NERA Economic Consulting study.

AAA and numerous automakers warn that increasing ethanol content from the current 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15) to keep pace with ever-increasing ethanol requirements can cause engine damage that will not be covered by warranty.

Surging U.S. oil and natural gas production has reduced reliance on imports, created jobs and helped decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The RFS is an outdated, obsolete and damaging policy in need of repeal.

John Griffin, executive director

Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan – Lansing