There has been talk of a continental U.S. ethanol pipeline
before. Back in 2006, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) proposed legislation on the issue, but it didn't get very far
. The idea didn't die, though. This past week, Magellan Midstream Partners
and Buckeye Partners announced
that the two companies would begin thinking about building a 1,700-mile pipeline across half the continent to bring ethanol
from the corn states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and South Dakota to Pennsylvania and New York. The idea, the companies said, is to bring up to 10 million gallons of the biofuel
"safely and efficiently" to the Northeast every day. How much would this cost? The companies estimate $3 billion and "several years," but more details will be forthcoming after Magellan and Buckeye Partners finish a feasibility study later this year. For his part, Senator Harkin is still very much in favor of a pipeline.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention this pipeline story as well