More retail pump openings sweep major cities

By | September 01, 2006
Stinker Stores convenience stations will soon bring the sweet smell of cleaner fuel to Boise, Idaho.

The company is opening biodiesel pumps at 11 of its Treasure Valley area convenience stores this month. Stinker Stores will exclusively offer the blend as its only diesel fuel option. Organic Fuels in Houston, Texas, a member of the National Biodiesel Board, currently provides biodiesel to the company.

"Stinker will initially offer a blend of B10 with a goal of moving to a B20 blend depending upon customer acceptance," said Charley Jones, Stinker Stores president and CEO. "Stinker has sold 10 percent ethanol-blended gasoline at its stores for over 25 years, began selling E85 gasoline in 2004 and sees biodiesel as a natural companion to its fuel offering."

The U.S. DOE and Idaho Department of Water Resources awarded grants to Stinker Stores to prompt this move. The company's September announcement was slated to be made in conjunction with Idaho Alternative Fuels Month.

Other regions throughout the country are introducing several biodiesel pumps at once, as well. This Summer, 33 B20 pumps were opened in Austin, Texas, and South Carolina also has a big B20 station presence with Spinx Oil opening 30 pumps in the state. The grants that Stinker Stores received also assisted in the construction of a biodiesel storage and blending facility adjacent to the fuel distribution terminal in Boise.

According to Jones, when complete, the facility will have 80,000 gallons of heated biodiesel storage and the capability of providing biodiesel blends from B100 down to B1. Bulk sales of biodiesel will also be available to truck fleets and other retailers wishing to offer biodiesel to their customers.
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