Alternative Fuels Facility Opens in Missouri Bootheel

OCTOBER 17, 2005 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

BERNIE, MO - An alternative fuel facility is now open in southeast Missouri.

The blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline is called E-85.  A fueling station opened in Bernie, in Stoddard County, to provide the clean-burning fuel.

It's intended to be used in flexible-fuel vehicles but not for cars that use unleaded gasoline.

The fuel is cheaper, but it gets about ten percent to twenty percent lower mileage.

An official with MFA Oil Company says that less than five percent of vehicles in the Bootheel area can use the fuel, which puts out fewer emissions than other types of gasolines.

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