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Lake Wylie Marine group seeks help for project

Marine commission seeks Eagle hopeful

The Lake Wylie Marine Commission is looking for a Scout seeking Eagle rank or other honors for a lake service project.

The commission would like for a local Scout to set up containers for collecting used fishing wire to keep it out of the water.

For more information, call 704-825-3189 or 704-688-6507.

Life jacket designs wanted

BoatUS Foundation seeks the best new design for the 2015 Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition. Deadline is April 15. Designs must be submitted to BoatUS.org/design.

A short video about the competition is available at http://youtu.be/wSfdANt_lGU. Winners, with a $10,000 prize, will be announced in September at the International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Boaters urged to speak up about gas

New bipartisan legislation Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015 introduced recently would help ensure recreational boaters don’t put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States.

BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their U.S. representatives to support the bill.

Currently, there are no marine engines in the U.S. warrantied to run on any gasoline blend greater than 10 percent ethanol (E10). According to AAA, only about 12 million out of the more than 240 million light-duty vehicles on the roadsare approved to use E15 gasoline, based on a survey conducted by AAA of auto manufacturers. Any damage from the use of higher ethanol fuels (E15 or greater) in cars and trucks will void many manufacturers’ warranties.

When the RFS was written in 2005, it assumed that Americans’ gasoline use would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with fuel. However, since 2005, gasoline usage has actually dropped steadily. The unintended affect is the law that forces more ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply, and to maintain adherence with the RFS rules, in 2010 the EPA permitted fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) into the marketplace – a fuel many gasoline engines cannot use.

It is illegal to use E15 in boat engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines such as lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001. However, this fuel can be found at more than 100 gas stations in 16 states at the same pumps as E10 and ethanol-free gasoline.

The new bill would cap the ethanol requirements at E10 (10 percent ethanol), would effectively prohibit the use of corn-based ethanol in the RFS, require more advanced biofuels and take into account actual, real-world production of biofuels when setting requirements.

Boaters can ask their Congressman to support and co-sponsor the bill by going to: http://goo.gl/2H8vI9.

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