Pa. ethanol plant may drop corn for barley

September 17, 2008 5:45:52 AM PDT
Builders of a southeastern Pennsylvania ethanol plant say it may distill the fuel from barley instead of corn.

Lancaster Biofuels has won approval from Conoy Township supervisors for a 60-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant. The Worley & Obetz fuel company and Cilion Inc. investment company are collaborating on the project.

Worley & Obetz vice chairman Seth Obetz says federal law provides for production of 15 billion gallons of ethanol from corn by 2022, to avoid impacting availability of corn for food supplies.

Obetz says the country has already produced about two-thirds of that amount. He says barley is a winter crop that could become an additional cash crop for local farmers.

Information from: Intelligencer Journal, http://www.lancasteronline.com/pages/paper/sundaynews/


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