AMITE — Concerns that “pure” gasoline production in Louisiana may come to an end resulted in a commitment by the Tangipahoa Parish Council to lead a statewide call for congressional assistance.

Councilman Carlo Bruno, who is a salesman for Home Oil Co., said Monday that the Marathon Oil refinery in Garyville ceased producing “pure gasoline” as of June 21 and as a result, many local gasoline retailers are concerned about the future availability of non-ethanol fuels.

Bruno said it is more profitable for a refinery to produce ethanol enhanced gasoline because the federal government pays refineries 45 cents for each gallon of gasoline blended with ethanol.

The council unanimously approved a resolution “in support of allowing choice of non-ethanol and ethanol gasoline,” and calling for “our U.S. congressional delegation to work to have non-ethanol gasoline available at our refineries throughout the state …”

The council directed that the resolution be mailed to all parish councils and police juries across the state with a request for passage of similar resolutions.

Other business before the council included:

DISPOSAL PIT: Consultants for a proposed wood-waste disposal pit in Loranger were told to first apply for parish permission before proceeding with its state application.

Councilman Tennis Rick said owners of the pit have applied to the state Department of Environmental Quality for a permit to use the pit as a landfill site, but have not applied for parish permits.

The site is south of La. 443 and La. 40, according to an email from Carrie Heffon, with Terracon Consultants, Inc. of Baton Rouge.

Rick said he knows the facility will not meet the parish’s solid waste facilities ordinance minimum requirement of a 1,000-foot buffer from neighboring property lines.

Council Chairman Tom Tolar directed Terracon to submit its application for a parish permit, thereby providing the council and public a full description of what is proposed for the site. “There will be public hearings,” and opportunity then for discussion, he stated.