Bad Batch of Gas Delivered to Local Pumps

October 16, 2017 05:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Department of Commerce is alerting drivers after a bad batch of gasoline was delivered to dozens of stations in Southeast Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin over the Oct. 13 weekend.

Magellan Midstream Partners said a small amount of diesel fuel got into regular 87-octane gasoline.


Investigators have inspected all the stations where the tainted fuel was delivered and on Monday nearly all the stations were cleared to begin selling gas again.

So, what can this tainted gas potentially do to your car?  

"A small amount wouldn’t really do a whole lot of damage at all the first thing you’d notice is you will see a lot of smoke coming out of the tailpipe," said Denis Labelle, owner of Labell Auto LLC in Rochester.  

But, Labell added there would be cause for concern if your engine was exposed to a large amount of the tainted gas.

State officials said the amount of diesel that made its way into the gas was small, so most drivers will only experience engine knocking or roughness.  

Magellan said if you think you received a bad batch of gas to keep your receipt and they will cover any damage made by legitimate claims.


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