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Ethanol Plant Will Not Be Built in Cumberland County

Posted May 15, 2007

— A company that proposed building an ethanol plant north of Fayetteville backed out of the deal.

E85 had wanted to build the alternative fuel plant near Ramsey Street. Officials said the plant would have produced 100 million gallons of ethanol per year. Officials also said the plan would have provided 40 jobs and $200 million in tax revenue.

Local residents were concerned the factory would cause an unpleasant odor and could hurt property values.

County commissioners said E85 already had its air quality permit. The company still needed to buy the land and receive its building permit. The vice-president of E85 did not say why the company withdrew from the deal.

The rise in gas prices has left many people scrambling for ways to save money.

"It's pretty high. E85 is a few cents cheaper. You have got to take whatever help you can get," said ethanol user Steve Brown.

Another manufacturer, Agri-Ethanol products, will break ground on a plant in Aurora this summer. Currently, North Carolina has 12 ethanol and 16 biodiesel stations across the state.


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  • 68_polara May 16, 2007

    We are riding on an oil only economy and that will spell much trouble for us sooner or later. Ethanol is not going to replace oil but it has the potential to help. Ethanol can provide a little competition for the oil industry which we may all benefit from at the pumps. Brazil produces the majority of their ethanol from sugar cane. It's much more efficient than distilling it from corn. US sugar producers have successfully lobbied to restrict sugar imports in to the United States. Dumb huh.

  • biooya May 16, 2007

    I figured some mental midget would question my statement so for JZNRYN's benefit, you can read the statement by the UN, which is posted on MSNBC at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18551000/ titled "U.N.: Not so fast with ethanol, other biofuels"

    In the article, the UN states that production and use of ethanol and other biofuels will produce problems such as food cost escalation and would eventually offset any climate gains.

    Now this is coming from the "feel good" guys and gals at the UN, so that tells me that maybe this isn't such a good idea after all. Anyone who thinks that this county and the world are going to give up its thirst for oil and gas is definitely a very gullible person.

  • .45 May 16, 2007

    Corn is one of the least efficient ways to produce ethanol. The wide spread use of it will inflate feed corn prices. That increases beef, pork and poultry prices as well as milk, eggs, butter, cheese... get the point. This a sink hole into which we are throwing our tax dollars.
    There are other ways to produce ethanol that are much more efficient. That's where we should be looking.

  • mattatiww May 15, 2007

    We should just start distilling this stuff in our own back yards, cost to tool up 500.00 + cost of bushels of corn at the farm’s market = +/- 1.00 per gallon. That would through the big gas companies for a loop!

  • packfan79 May 15, 2007

    another one bites the dust... it was not going in the middle of the city, prevailing winds would have kept any odor blowing over the river into the countryside vs. towards Kings Grant and Greystone(the biggest whiners about this plant0 and high food is based a lot on high gas since "refinery maintenance etc." has sent gas over $3 since the oil companies found out we would pay that after Katrina!

  • Sonet-transport May 15, 2007

    I dont think the NIMBY crowd really want anything. They dont see the benefits of less dependance on foreign oil. And yes the MPG is lower but it may be worth it.

  • Doctor Dataclerk May 15, 2007

    No one wants to be bothered with anything. We don't build refineries any more, which is why gas is currently so high, not because of crude oil. Now we don't even want to refine CORN! Like most cases, the NIMBY crowd wins and bit by bit we all lose.

  • CONUNDRUM May 15, 2007

    Biooya - Are you serious? First you need to know what kind of corn they are going to use. Because most ethanol producers would rather use non-food quality corn that yields higher ethanol. Second food cost more today because regulation on the industry and the high price of fossil-fueled distribution. But I could be wrong so why don't you show some facts to back your claim. Then I will show you yours.

  • 050462 May 15, 2007

    once again,nc loses again just like the mercedes plant..........GREAT JOB

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 15, 2007

    I think they're looking at SC now. It wasn't in the middle of the city to start with, and the cost is relative. The abiltiy to produce a fuel that would allow us to be less dependent on the middle east was the biggest benefit. In time, the price would work itself out. This is all around bad news for Fayetteville.