Liquid Biofuels From Cortland To Broome County

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated May 11, 2007 at 7:01 PM EDT

Could soy beans be the source of a cleaner burning fuel in the future?

That's the purpose of a brand new facility that will be built in Cortland County.

It's called the Center for Liquid Biofuels.

Soy beans and canola will be crushed into oil.

Some will be turned into biodiesel.

A fuel alternative less harmful to the environment.

"It helps us set a new course in terms of energy policy and less dependence on foreign oil. All very positive," says State Senator James Seward.

Cortland County won't be the only place that will benefit from this project.

"There will be a research facility in Binghamton," says State Senator Thomas LIbous.

The state is teaming up with the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad to build a research center near the rail yard.

It will test biodiesel use, performance, and emissions in trains.

"It's going to put us on the map in many places and the Northeast as we look toward this clean burning fuel for locomotives," say Libous.

The new plant will also help farmers throughout the state.

They'll be making more money on their soybean crop because they won't have to pay high prices to ship the beans to plants elsewhere.

State leaders think this will pump 47 million into the economy from construction to production.

The crushing plant will also create byproducts like meal to be used for live-stock feed or bio-materials.

The State predicts an increase in soybean prices that will generate 2.3 million in additional profit farmers.

A company called Empire Agrifuel and Suny Morrisville are partners in the project.

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