Dozens of retailers forced to shut down pumps after delivered tainted gasoline

OKLAHOMA - This could affect you: a major gas recall in Oklahoma.

State regulators said 449,400 gallons of gasoline with high levels of ethanol were delivered to retailers across the state.

Here's a full list of affected stations.

One business affected is Bunk’s in Shawnee, forced to shut down some of their pumps.

"I don't want to put ethanol gas in my own car, so I don't want to sell it to anybody else," said owner Jimmy Fincher.

On Tuesday, Fincher got a call from his distributor.

The unleaded gasoline he's been selling for the past week was tainted.

"I bagged the pumps immediately. I don't want to take the chance of hurting anybody's vehicles or motorcycles, lawn mowers or anything," Fincher said.

He's now offering premium gas for the same price as unleaded for his customers.

Magellan Midstream Partners claims the problem was from an equipment failure at its Oklahoma City Fuel Distribution site, more than two dozen retailers in the state affected.

Ethanol is made up of alcohol, often used in gasoline as an additive.

Most new cars can run with ethanol no problem, but it's the older vehicles and equipment with small engines that are at risk.

There's a chance rust can form in the engine which can damage fuel pumps, injectors and more.

"It will definitely make a wear and tear of your vehicle on the older cars, the parts don't last as long and the gas mileage is not near as good," Fincher said.

Joey Plume fills up his tank at Bunk's every week.

Luckily, he said he's in the clear.

"I haven't noticed any difference in my vehicle with my performance. Mileage is the same. I haven't had any engine problems," Plume said.

"I don't know how it happened or why, but they have a protocol to make sure it doesn't happen again," Fincher said.

The tainted fuel was delivered between August 23rd and August 29th.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has inspectors making sure impacted retailers have stopped sale of the gas in question.

The affected pumps will have to be drained and re-fueled before distribution.

Fuel complaints regarding this or any other concern related to fuel measurement or quality can be filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission at www.occeweb.com or 405-521-2211.

On Wednesday, president and CEO of 7-Eleven stores in Oklahoma released the following statement:

"As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7-Eleven Stores in Central Oklahoma has analyzed and corrected any issues identified that might be connected to an equipment failure from Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.

7-Eleven Stores was contacted by Magellan on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and was provided notice of a Magellan blending failure. 7-Eleven immediately assembled a team and deployed the resources necessary to quickly assess the fuel blends in all potentially affected tanks and correct any improper mixes.

The fuel at 7-Eleven is the highest quality available, and every single gallon is guaranteed, as it has been for over 50 years.

7-Eleven has compiled a short list of locations that may have received improperly blended fuel, and has provided it to Magellan and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Any call 7-Eleven receives from customers concerning this issue will be referred to Magellan. 7-Eleven will do all we can to support our customers, and help them through the process of contacting Magellan.

Magellan has publicly vowed to do the right thing, and to address any issues that customers may have as a result of Magellan’s equipment failure.

Every fuel retailer in this market receives fuel that comes through a terminal bay similar to the one that failed at Magellan. We credit Magellan with stepping up and taking responsibility for this failure, and for vowing to put customer concerns at the very top of their priority list."