Oregon Governor Christens State's First Biodiesel Production Facility

July 08, 2005

"This is a big day for Oregon," said Governor Ted Kulongoski at the opening on July 6 of the state's first biodiesel production facility in Salem. The plant is small by industry standards, with a production capacity of 1 million gallons of biodiesel per year and employing only two operators. But it is a start, and Governor Kulongoski has been pushing for the state to develop indigenous transportation fuels, including biodiesel.

Country music singer Willie Nelson is a minority investor in the Salem plant and a national proponent of biodiesel. Nelson sent a message to the opening ceremonies that was played on videotape.

See an article published by the Oregon Biofuels Network written by Michael Rose and originally published in the Statesman Journal, a local newspaper in Salem; read the article.