Kansas City set for first retail biodiesel station

| 4/10/2006

Drivers in the Kansas City, MO, area will soon find it a bit easier to go green.

Maher Oil Co. plans to start offering biodiesel on April 14 at its Valero station at Sixth Street and Wyandotte streets in downtown Kansas City, MO.

The station is located near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Interstate 35 on the north side of the city’s downtown area.

Sam Swearngin, Missouri co-chairman of the Kansas City Clean Cities Coalition and superintendent of the city’s Central Fleet division, told The Kansas City Business Journal that the station is first in Kansas City to offer biodiesel.

“We’ve been getting requests for retail biodiesel for years,” he said.

The Business Journal reported that the city itself began using biodiesel four years ago and now uses about 1.3 million gallons a year to power 900 city vehicles and pieces of equipment.

The station will sell B20 biodiesel, a mix of 80 percent diesel and 20 percent soybean oil.