June 16, 2012
The case that has rattled the nation's renewable fuels industry began with some flashy cars. As Rodney R. Hailey accumulated a string of vehicles, including a Rolls-Royce, two Bentleys and a Lamborghini, the Perry Hall man's neighbors became suspicious. They contacted Baltimore County police, who passed the tip to federal agents. Within months, federal and local authorities raided the offices of Clean Green Fuel, the biodiesel business Hailey ran in Perry Hall, and searched his homes both nearby and in Anaheim, Calif., seizing cars and records and freezing his bank accounts.
October 12, 2011
On its website, Clean Green Fuel offered customers "a unique blend of biodiesel" made from vegetable oil that would produce less air pollution and help reduce the nation's dependence on petroleum. But according to federal charging documents, company owner Rodney R. Hailey didn't produce any biodiesel. Instead, prosecutors charge, he generated and sold more than $9 million worth of credits for nonexistent renewable fuel, using the proceeds to buy a five-bedroom house in Perry Hall, diamond jewelry and more than two dozen cars and trucks, including a Rolls Royce, a pair of Bentleys and a Lamborghini.
September 30, 2010
Russian steel maker Severstal announced Thursday it has hired a Baltimore firm to build a renewable energy facility at Sparrows Point steel mill to reduce emissions and energy consumption. Renewable Energy Management of Baltimore is expected to begin construction in October of a facility that will produce renewable liquid fuel, a biodegradable, oil-based fuel generated from grease by-products of food manufacturers, for instance. The initial phase of construction is expected to create up to 20 jobs, said Severstal spokeswoman Marika Diamond.
May 4, 2010
Regarding May 3rd's front page article, "A fill-up from a tree," I had to laugh out loud. The same tree-hugging groups and government organizations that have been vilifying the paper and printing industries for years, demonizing the very act of cutting down a tree for any purpose, are now fully behind the seemingly responsible use of trees for the popular "biofuel" uses. So, it's OK for one "in favor" industry (biofuel) to harvest specially planted and farmed trees for its purpose, but it is not OK for an out-of-favor industry (paper)
May 3, 2010
In response to a national call for homegrown, Earth-friendly fuels to fill Americans' gas tanks, a couple of University of Maryland researchers are planting trees. Fuel derived from the hardy, fast-growing common poplar could eventually replace some of the billions of gallons of petroleum-based fuel now pumped a year, say biologist Gary Coleman and engineer Ganesh Sriram, who have partnered to help turn the woody plant into a widely used biofuel. "Oil is a finite resource," said Coleman, a professor of plant science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
January 20, 2010
The Chesapeake Bay Commission says a new report outlines the Chesapeake Bay watershed's biofuel potential. The report, scheduled to be released today by the commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will detail the findings and recommendations of the Chesapeake Biofuels Advisory Panel. The report is the third and last in a series by the commission. The commission says the emerging biofuels industry has the potential to provide thousands of jobs over the next 12 years and significant amounts of fuel while helping to achieve bay restoration goals.