Maine Bills to Allow the Sale of Ethanol-free Gasoline Statewide Introduced

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Senate and House Environment and Natural Resources Committees immediately to request support for S.P. 86/L.D. 274:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • S.P. 86/L.D. 274 recognize that ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics, and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used.  This can lead to engine/parts failures and, potentially, safety hazards.  Ethanol also burns hotter and can cause some engines to stall, misfire and overheat.  Current high-performance specialty parts along with the pre-2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion and overheating.
  • S.P. 86/L.D. 274 recognize that the lifespan of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that drivers could be confronted with breakdowns. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive and burdensome

Overview: Legislation (S.P. 86/L.D. 274) has been introduced to allow the sale of ethanol-free gasoline statewide.  Under current law, York, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln Counties forbid the sale of ethanol-free gasoline.  The bills will be considered by the Senate and House Environment and Natural Resources Committees.