COMMENT: Increased US ethanol production requires dedicated pipelines

Increased ethanol production capacity in the US requires a new transportation paradigm. Boutique production facilities serving regional hubs via truck or short line rail are not a sufficient or realistic solution. Dedicated ethanol and ethanol blend pipelines are the only option that is safe, efficient, and cost effective, but only if legal, technical, and financial problems are addressed in a coordinated manner.Several oil and pipeline companies are already looking at such pipelines as an investment opportunity. Private equity funds and investment banks will likely follow. Legal, technical, and economic problems are manageable, provided that government and industry closely coordinate eff...

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