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20,000-gallon biofuel tank to be built

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • The Pilot Travel Center in Lenwood will soon be getting a new addition as the Barstow Planning Commission approved plans Monday for a 20,000-gallon above-ground biofuel tank.

The proposal to build the biofuel tank passed 5-0 at Monday night’s Planning Commission meeting. Pilot Travel Center is at 2591 Commerce Parkway.

The 20,000-gallon tank will hold 100 percent biofuel, which is typically produced from recycled vegetable oil. The biofuel will be used in a blend with petroleum-based diesel, with state laws allowing a maximum of 20 percent biofuel in the blend.

“It’s an expansion of existing fueling operation to include a 20,000-gallon tank specifically for bio fuel,” City Planner Mike Massimimi said. “This fuel is injected into the diesel to provide up to 20 percent mixture of bio-diesel with 80 percent regular diesel. What this does is it helps with the emissions a little bit. 

“It also helps cut back on the supply of the petroleum-based diesel. This is basically a standard procedure. We went through this a while back at the Flying J location. Similar operation. It’s involving the tank and small ancillary structure and associated piping and other pertinent facilities.”

A Pilot representative in attendance at Monday’s meeting said “using the bio blend, it’s actually more environmentally friendly. It does burn cleaner so it has less emissions. It just appears to work better and also works better in the vehicle. It’s a cleaner mix.”


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