Ethanol-by-Rail Plans Withdrawn

The Grand Junction Railroad in Cambridge, one of four rail corridors included in Global Petroleum’s ethanol proposal. Global withdrew its proposal yesterday. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Global Petroleum Corp. has officially withdrawn its application for a Chapter 91 license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Without a Chapter 91 license, Global can’t modify its facility in Revere to accept shipments of ethanol by rail. And without those facility modifications, Global won’t be shipping ethanol by rail through Cambridge and Somerville.

I need to stress that nothing is final just yet: Governor Patrick still needs to sign this into law. But thanks to the hard work of elected officials and hundreds of concerned citizens, ethanol trains will not run through Greater Boston. I’d like to thank Senators Petruccelli, DiDomenico, Jehlen, and Brownsberger for introducing the Senate amendment that was included in the final budget. Ultimately, though, it was the collective outcry of concerned citizens that carried the day.

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