This doesn't bode well. Two locally-owned gas stations in Maryland will shut off their pumps because it would be too costly to spend money on upgrading their underground storage tanks to be able to store gasoline blended with ethanol, according to yesterday's North County News.

One of the stations, Meadowcroft Motors of Freeland, still hasn't made back the money it spent on upgrading its tanks 12 years ago to comply with environmental regulations. The article mentions two independent stations that have decided to pay to have their tanks made ready for ethanol, and says that, "all of the remaining North County gas stations owned by major corporations - ExxonMobil, Citgo, Shell, BP/ Amoco, Royal Farms - made the switch without a hitch."


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