3.6 billion gallons a year. 1,800 miles long. $4 billion dollars. 20-inch diameter.
It's no secret that corn-state Senator Tom Harkin (D - Iowa) is a fan of ethanol. In 2006, Harkin and Senator Richard Lugar (R - Indiana) proposed an ethanol pipeline study. The DoT and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines studied a biofuel pipeline in 2007 and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners had no major problem sending ethanol down the pipe in 2008.
There are plenty of perfectly valid arguments against the use of ethanol, particularly from food crops. However, one major one may be about to come off the table: transporting the alcohol fuel. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is the largest independent pipeline operator in the United States. The company has recently completed successful test of sending ethanol through one of its pipelines in Florida. The ethanol was transported between Tampa and Orlando. Kinder Morgan will be making some additiona