Officials Want Their Fuel To Go To The Air Force

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Pike County officials say the air force uses the most fuel in the country, and that's why they want their coal derived fuel to go to them.

Air force officials announced they want the synthetic fuel for the B-52 jets and Pike County leaders are ready to work out a deal.

Military Officials say every time the cost of fuel goes up ten dollars, it costs the Air Force six million dollars.

They wanted to find a better, cheaper way in the United States.

“It's a security problem and we've got the answer is these hills,” Pike County Judge Executive Wayne Rutherford said.

Pike County leaders want coal to power the planes.

The Air Force tested synthetic fuel in their B-52s and determined it is safe for their planes.

They want to switch the B-52s to coal derived fuel by 2011.

“The hedge on our need for increasing reliance on foreign fuels, to provide the nation a look forward to something else,” Secretary Of The Air Force Michael Wynne said.

Military officials say the type of fuel will be a 50-50 blend of coal and petroleum, the kind Pike County officials are already planning to do.

“For us to get this process and be successful and change coal to liquid fuel then it has to be marketable so we got a ready market for it,” Judge Executive Rutherford said.

“It encourages us to go ahead and push forward with our planning and to have that plan in place,” Roger Ford said.

Pike County officials say with funding, they can have their coal to liquid fuel built in three years and can start sending fuel to the Air Force in 2011.

Judge Rutherford says he is working with Senator Jim Bunning to get a deal with the air force and they're working on getting federal funding to build the plant in Pike County.

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