But the proponents of recycled veggie fuel lost out at auction to a gasoline baron: Skip Vallee, the owner of R.L. Vallee, Inc., the St. Albans-based fuel dueler behind Vermont's empire of Maplefields convenience stores.
also owned the Maplefields Mobil a half mile away in Marshfield.
tore out the gas pumps at the Red Store
and placed a restriction on the deed barring the building from use as a gas station or convenience store.
Several weeks after paying $405,000 for it, he
put the property back on the market for $299,000.
sought to block permits for the business in state environmental court, but ultimately lost.
was also worried that Malloy's company
might start selling other kinds of diesel at the station - turning it into a truck stop, and causing traffic trouble for neighboring properties, including the Red Store.
On those grounds, Vallee
appealed the Development Review Board's permit for Black Bear Bioidesel in state environmental court last October.