California resort reports fuel compromise
Sep 18, 2008 2:25 PM
A load of 100 percent ethanol recently was added to a storage tank of unleaded gasoline at an incorporated resort village on Catalina Island CA where the mixed fuel was sold to customers, according to information from the resort management, Two Harbors Enterprises.
Two Harbors reported that the unleaded fuel with excessive levels (approximately 40 percent) of ethanol was sold to its customers during the period August 30-September 3.
The excessive level of ethanol was the result of a refinery delivering a load of what was supposed to be unleaded fuel but was in fact 100% ethanol. When this was mixed with the existing unleaded fuel in the Two Harbors storage tanks it created a fuel mixture with approximately 40% ethanol, according to the information.
The resort is advising anyone who purchased fuel at Two Harbors during the dates to contact Two Harbors Enterprises to assist in having the fuel in their tanks switched out.
“Upon learning of this mistaken delivery, Two Harbors immediately ceased sales and had flushed its tanks to make sure our supply is no longer contaminated," Ann Luchau, Two Harbors vice-president and chief administrator stated in the news release. "The fuel mixture does not pose a health or safety risk to people, but could effect the performance of boats or vehicles and/or potentially damage vehicle or boat engines. We can assist you in verifying your purchase and inform you of the steps that can be taken to have the fuel removed from your tanks and replaced without charge.”
More information is available by calling Laura Mc Elroy at 310-510-4219 or Ann Luchau at 310-510-4204.
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