Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed a bill on Monday, June
12, requiring that 2 percent of all fuels sold in the state be biofuels – such
as ethanol and biodiesel – once production of the fuels is high enough to
sustain full-time use.
Blanco said in a statement that it will take about 18 to 24
months for producers to make enough of the fuels to trigger the mandate in the
While some opponents of the bill have expressed fears that
it will raise the price of regular fuels at the pump, Blanco said there are
measures in place to ensure that does not happen.
“My number one guiding principle in this whole process is to
ensure that the consumer is protected,” she said. “(The Department of
Agriculture) has assured me that the implementation of the legislation will be
delayed if the are indications that the mandate would raise gas prices for
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported in May
that there are currently no plants in the state that produce ethanol, but the
state’s construction budget includes $1 million to build such a plant in East
Vanguard SynFuels LLC operates the state’s only biodiesel
plant in Pollock.