BioWillie biodiesel to be on the road again

By Kris Bevill | June 17, 2008
Web exclusive posted July 8, 2008 at 12:43 p.m. CST

Almost three years to the day of his official launch of BioWillie biodiesel blended fuel at Carl's Corner truck stop near Dallas, Willie Nelson is back performing free concerts to promote his signature blend of biodiesel.

Nelson headlined a benefit concert at the site on June 30 as part of a grand preview which was held July 1-3 at the new Willie's Place at Carl's Corner.

Shawne Horn, director of communications for Earth Biofuels, said they expect the trucking plaza to be operational by September and the filling station to be offering BioWillie biodiesel to its customers. Biodiesel will be distributed to the station by nearby Pacific Biodiesel and Earth Biofuels. Horn said other than B5, she wasn't sure which specific blends of biodiesel would be available. "I would anticipate that B20 would be offered because truckers love it and that's the blend that they prefer," Horn said.

Carl's Corner, located off Highway 35 near Dallas, first began offering BioWillie biodiesel on a test basis in 2004. On the Fourth of July weekend in 2005, Nelson performed a day-long event to celebrate the newly available 20 percent blend of biodiesel at Carl's Corner. At the celebration, National Biodiesel Board Chief Executive Officer Joe Jobe said station co-owner Carl Cornelius was a "pioneer" and risked losing customers by offering the product.

According to Horn, the truck stop closed two years ago after a fire nearly destroyed the complex. Earth Biofuels, Willie Nelson, Carl Cornelius and others who had partnered in the project immediately began to rebuild the complex. "We've spent the last two years rebuilding it into a trucker's oasis," Horn said.
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