Commissioner: 120,000 barrels of fuel in question
BATON ROUGE - State officials in contact with ExxonMobil about complaints of bad gas said that around 120,000 barrels of unleaded fuel are believed to be what caused trouble recently for Louisiana drivers.
Commissioner Mike Strain with the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said Thursday evening that the barrels of fuel went out between March 12 and 15 from the ExxonMobil terminal in Baton Rouge. Strain said his department had received 24 complaints of bad fuel, most of which were reported in the past few days.
The commissioner said they had conducted several standard tests to see what caused the issue, and were now moving on to other tests to determine the "substance" that got into the fuel.
Drivers have reported issues with their vehicles in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette. ExxonMobil shut down the gasoline loading terminal racks Wednesday to investigate the issue. On Thursday the company said they were working closely with regulatory and local officials, and Strain confirmed ExxonMobil had been in regular contact with them about their tests into the root case of the problems.
An ExxonMobil spokesperson said they could not confirm which stations which stations received the fuel in question.
"We stand by our products and we are 100 percent committed to working with our customers and motorists to honor valid claims," ExxonMobil said in a written statement.
ExxonMobil said people that have questions or concerns about fuel they've purchased in the Baton Rouge area should call their North America Customer Care line at 855-300-2659.
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