ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge terminal shipped at least five million gallons of tainted gasoline that is fouling intake and valve systems of vehicles, according to Louisiana officials.
The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Mike Strain, has been talking to Exxon officials since last Wednesday about the bad fuel.
A total of 120,000 barrels shipped between March 12 and March 15 caused the problem. One barrel contains 42 gallons of gas.
“Agents from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s weights and measures division are testing gasoline from several Baton Rouge gas stations for a variety of things, from sulphur content to octane to flash point in an attempt to find out what the substance is,” the AP said.
Exxon released a statement saying it is “investigating the issue to determine the cause” and “working in close cooperation and communication with regulatory and local officials.”
The president of a Baton Rouge automotive shop said Thursday he’s seen “40 or 50” cases in the past week of motorists getting bad fuel, the AP reported.
Gasoline from Exxon’s Baton Rouge refinery is also marketed by other companies under their brands.