WILMINGTON -- The wait will soon be over for those looking for a more environmentally friendly fuel. By noon Friday bio-diesel will be available in our area. It's an eco-friendly fuel for eco-minded drivers. It's called B20, a special blend of 20 percent bio-diesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. Cape Fear Biofuel has partnered with a local Exxon station. Together they're bringing Wilmington its first bio-diesel pump. Cape Fear Biofuels Vice President Brent Manning said, "It offers emission benefits, it offers ten percent reductions in particulate matter discharge and a 20 percent reduction in carbon based emissions and a reduction in aromatic elector carbon as well." Ashley Futral uses bio-diesel. She said, "By using bio-diesel I'm cutting out the emissions from my car that other people are putting out into the atmosphere..." Another benefit is that bio-diesel is a renewable fuel made from feedstocks, materials like virgin vegetable oil or old fryer grease. In addition to cleaner emissions and renewable sources, Manning says bio-diesel has the potential to boost the local economy. "This is coming from a triangle-based company, it employs local citizens and has an agreement with several manufactures that provide them with the oil that comes from other North Carolina businesses," Manning said. The price has not been determined yet but manning says it should hit just under three dollars per gallon. By noon Friday anyone with a diesel engine can fill up at the Exxon on the corner of College and Wrightsville Avenue. Cape Fear Biodiesel is a non-profit organization that wants to spread bio-diesel pumps across the Carolinas.
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