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July 14, 2004

Marathon Ashland Sells Ethanol Fuel at 14 Fuel Terminals

The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) announced on July 9th that Marathon Ashland Petroleum, LLC is now supplying a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline, called E85, at 14 of its fuel terminals. The availability of E85 at two fuel terminals in Illinois, one in Indiana, two in Kentucky, three in Michigan, one in Minnesota, and five in Ohio will encourage filling stations that draw their fuel from those terminals to add E85 to their offerings. Marathon Ashland is the fifth-largest refiner of fuel in the United States. See the NEVC press release.

Ethanol production continues to grow in the United States. In April, the ethanol industry posted its seventh consecutive monthly production record by producing 218,000 barrels of ethanol per day, a 22 percent increase from April 2003. Currently, 78 ethanol plants have a combined capacity to produce more than 3.3 billion gallons of the fuel each year, and 10 plants now under construction will add another 400 million gallons of annual production capacity. See the press release from the Renewable Fuels Association.