Willie Nelson’s “Biodiesel” Fuel To Be Produced in Kentucky

BioWillie maker may refine fuel in KentuckyBy Robert Schoenberger
The Courier-Journal

Diesel fuel carrying music legend Willie Nelson’s brand may go into production in southwestern Kentucky, according to a state filing.

Earth Biofuels, a company that produces BioWillie-brand biodiesel fuel, is considering building an $11 million refinery in Fulton County. The installation could refine 30 million gallons per year and would employ 50 people at an average salary of $29,000.

Last week, the state approved $1 million in tax incentives and another $120,000 in income tax refunds to Earth Biofuels if it builds in Kentucky.

Biodiesel, derived from soybean oil and other agricultural products, has become a popular alternative fuel in recent years.

Environmentalists tout its low emissions, while farmers like having another market for their products. In many cases, vegetable oils are mixed with petroleum-based diesel to create fuel blends for cars and trucks.

Founded in Mississippi in 2004, Earth Biofuels signed an agreement to use Nelson’s name and image to sell soybean diesel fuel in 2005.

The company, now based in Dallas, sells BioWillie in several states. It is not yet available in Kentucky.

Reporter Robert Schoenberger can be reached at (502) 582-4669.

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