Posted: Mar 28, 2014 4:46 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 28, 2014 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - ExxonMobil released a statement Friday saying they discovered what caused two batches of bad fuel recently, and said those batches had met regulatory expectations before it was shipped.
A spokesperson said "an atypical variation" was detected in the affected fuel that caused engine trouble for people around south Louisiana. The spokesperson said the variation would have caused the problems reported by motorists.
"We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers and motorists," the company said in an emailed statement.
State Ag Commissioner Mike Strain said Thursday that an estimated 120,000 barrels of affected unleaded fuel went out from the Baton Rouge terminal. ExxonMobil shut down their loading racks while they and the state investigated the issue.
An Exxon spokesperson said Thursday that all the fuel affected by the problem had already been pushed out of the market by other fuel shipments.
"All fuel products currently being made available by ExxonMobil in the market meet Louisiana's stringent regulatory requirements and are safe for use in vehicles," the company said Friday.
The company said anyone who had engine trouble due to the bad fuel should call the North American customer support line at 855-300-2659. ExxonMobil said claims representatives are in Baton Rouge working with customers who reported problems.