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ExxonMobil mum about where dirty fuel was shipped

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Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:34 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Mar 27, 2014 10:34 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: ExxonMobil, fuel, tainted, gas, vehicle, damages, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- A spokesperson for ExxonMobil said Thursday, the company is committed to fixing issues related to a bad batch of gasoline, and customers should not be scared to put fuel in their cars since the tainted fuel is out of the supply chain.

According to the spokesperson, who would only release a written statement and not appear in a recorded television interview, the company knows where contaminated fuel was shipped but would not release the specific list of stores or locations. Instead, people who are concerned about where they got gas should call the company's hotline.

Stores with the ExxonMobil brand and ones that do not advertise as being related to the oil company are affected, leading to the concern of drivers.

"The gasoline was dispensed at stations in the Baton Rouge area. We want customers to know that the fuel currently at stations meets Louisiana's stringent regulatory requirements and is safe for use in vehicles," Christian Flathman said in a statement on behalf of the company.

"I've asked Exxon for answers," Mike Strain, the state agriculture commissioner said.

"I want to know what the chemical is so that we can through our different analytical labs test for it. Because it is out job to assure the public that the product that they are buying is a safe product and it's the right product for the consumer," Strain added.

Questionable shipments went out between March 12 and 15 from the ExxonMobil terminal in Baton Rouge. About five million gallons were shipped.

Drivers who have tainted fuel may notice: trouble starting the vehicle or not crank at all and the check engine light may illuminate. People who took their cars to mechanics this week also reported a tapping noise in engines, one shop worker told WBRZ News 2.

But, Maurice Franks said Wednesday, his car sounded like it was about to do something drastic; "banging, it sounded like explosions were going on inside," he said.

For more information, or to report issues, call (855) 300-2659.
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