Shell Oil Co., saying much more information is needed on methanol's effects as a motor fuel, has launched a methanol/gasoline fuel test program in California. Shell is undertaking the 10 year program in cooperation with the California Energy Commission (CEC). Shell hopes the program will help answer many of the "economic, logistical, health and safety, technical, environmental, and consumer acceptance questions associated with methanol fuel," said O.P. Graves, vice-president, western region, Shell Refining & Marketing Co. The company plans to sell M85, a 102 octane blend of 85% methanol and 15% unleaded gasoline, sta...

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