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BP lists one local station among those receiving misformulated gasoline

Friday, August 31, 2012

One Putnam County gasoline station and five others across the west-central Indiana area have been listed by BP Global among service stations that recently sold contaminated gasoline.

The Putnam location identified is the BP station at 1013 N. Main St., Cloverdale.

Others in the area on the list made public by the company are:

-- The BP station at 1030 W. State Road 42, Brazil.

-- The BP station at 2507 Lafayette St., Crawfordsville.

-- The BP station at 8133 E. U.S. 36, Avon.

-- Two BP locations in Plainfield, 2628 E. Main St., and 2068 E. Hadley Rd.

Once identified, each location was instructed to immediately stop selling the off-spec fuel and to properly clean out their tanks and dispose of the material.

Officials say that by now motorists with misformulated gasoline from BP's Whiting refinery probably already know it because their vehicles will have acted up -- starting hard, stalling, rough idling.

The formulation mishap has led to about 9,000 claims from motorists trying to recoup funds from BP that they spent for car repairs, BP said. Typical repair bills for draining the fuel tank and cleaning the fuel system are $300 to $1,200.

BP said phone calls to its claims center are "trending lower" than last week. 
The company last week recalled 4.7 million gallons of gasoline from the refinery. The bad gas affected service stations in three states, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Gasoline now being shipped from the Whiting refinery has been tested and meets quality standards, BP said.

Not all cars fueled with off-specification fuel will display adverse symptoms, but if your car does experience hard starting, rough idling, stalling or other drivability issues, BP says to have your car towed to a repair shop to be checked out and call 1-800-333-3991 or 1-800-599-9040 to make a claim.

All grades of gasoline could have been affected over the past two weeks. But BP officials said Wednesday that all gasoline is now safe to purchase at BP-branded stations and other stations that buy gasoline from the affected BP refinery.

Of the claims currently being processed, 63 percent are from Indiana residents, 29 percent from Illinois residents and 5 percent from Wisconsin residents. An additional 3 percent are believed to have traveled through the three-state region when the off-specification fuel was in circulation, BP said.

Consumers who bought the bad gas and need to file a claim can call 800-599-9040 or submit an online inquiry at www.bpresponse.com.

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