First Public E85 Station Opens in Pennsylvania

May 11, 2006

On May 10, Worley & Obetz of Manheim, Pennsylvania, opened the first publicly accessible E85 station in the Northeast. The event included Pennsylvania government luminaries, representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority staff, the Hourglass Foundation, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, and a large crowd.

Photo of Governor Ed Rendell at E85 pump.

Governor Ed Rendell fills a flexible fuel vehicle's fuel tank with E85.

Governor Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the fueling station on Route 772 near Lititz. General Motors representative Brad Beauchamp was on site, along with a 2007 GM flexible fuel vehicle. Other flexible fuel vehicles were also on display.

The governor unveiled his “PennSecurity Fuels Initiative” while inaugurating the station. “Pennsylvania has made great strides that have helped our commonwealth emerge as a national leader in renewable energy production and promotion,” he said.

For more information, read the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection May 10 press release.