Quote Originally Posted by ElbowJoe View Post
The next group of oil pipelines are those carrying refined petroleum products – gasoline, jet fuel, home heating oil and diesel fuel.
These refined product pipelines vary in size from relatively small 8 to 12 inch diameter lines up to 42 inches in diameter. Refined products pipelines are found in almost every state in the U.S, with the exception of some New England states. The total mileage nationwide of refined products pipelines is approximately 95,000 miles. These pipelines deliver petroleum products to large fuel terminals with storage tanks to be loaded into tanker trucks. Trucks cover the last few miles to make local deliveries to gas stations and homes. Major industries, airports and electrical power generation plants are supplied directly by pipeline.
Yes. To depots. Trucks are still used deliver gasoline to the final destination. And those pipelines do not deliver all the different manner of refined products through the exact same pipe. Whenever a new refined product is introduced, the new pipes must be laid, in order to deliver that product to the depot. This is true whether you are talking about Ethanol, Petrol, Kerosene, Jet Fuel, Natural Gas, or anything else. Mixing 93 octane gasoline, and asphalt oil, would be nonsense, and financially untenable for the oil companies to do.

Also, corn can be grown anywhere, like directly at a refinery. While the majority of corn is grown in the corn belt out in the Midwest, and the majority of Ethanol refineries are located there, it is more financially tenable to build small refineries all around the country, than to lay 95000 miles of new pipelines. Concentrating on whether it's delivered by truck or pipeline to fuel tranport depots, is just something to bitch about, and avoids any intellectual conversation about the validity of Ethanol as a fuel source or supplement. It's a very small problem, that can easily be resolved with some minor engineering.