January 28th, 2008 by Kevin
….comes this little Strib story….apparently producing ethanol uses up a frightening amount of water and is running wells dry all over the state.
The issue was brought into focus last year in Granite Falls, where an ethanol plant in its first year of operations depleted the groundwater so much that it had to begin pumping water from the Minnesota River.
It takes between four and five gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol at a biofuel plant, and with 17 ethanol plants now operating in the state, six under construction and 10 more proposed or in the planning stages, the threat of more drains on underground water are rising.
Well who would have thought…I mean other than everyone that isn\’t involved in this boondoogle we call the ethanol industry.
First everyone starts noticing the damaging effect ethanol has had on the price of corn and food in general. Now it uses up too much water. Next thing you know people are going to finally notice how insanely inefficient ethanol really is.