The dreaded E30

Ten percent ethanol is on the ragged edge of acceptable for motor fuels. The jerks who push this stuff for a living want fifteen. But thirty simply will not do [warning: autostart video]:

State regulators say about 450,000 gallons of gasoline containing three times the acceptable level of ethanol was delivered to retailers across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area over the last week.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported Tuesday that they were notified by Magellan Midstream Partners that the problem resulted from an equipment failure at its Oklahoma City fuel distribution terminal.

Magellan says it is still working to determine the retail locations where the gas with up to 30 percent ethanol was delivered.

The Corp Comm’s position is that Magellan will have to locate all these stores and replenish their stock with proper fuels; Magellan, to their credit, is okay with that. They do, after all, have a reputation to protect.

As for me, I haven’t had to gas up since late June, so I’m pretty sure I didn’t get any of this adulterated stuff.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 September 2016 · 7:15 am

    The nearest to me were Ada and Ardmore….claims on local news are “oh, it shouldn’t be a problem if you’re using the engine regularly but it could be an issue if you put it in a lawnmower or boat, that you don’t run all the time”

    But still, I wonder.

    (I didn’t even know it was OK to put ethanolized gas in lawnmowers; I thought you had to seek out the 100% petroleum stuff)

  2. CGHill »

    1 September 2016 · 10:48 am

    I wouldn’t trust it in any of my power tools. (Which may be why all my power tools are now electric.)

  3. McG »

    1 September 2016 · 10:53 am

    I’ve been filling my mower gas supply from the same pump I use for my car since getting my first gas-powered mower, and have never had engine damage from it.

    Plenty of other problems that have nothing to do with fuel, but not from the “up to 10% ethanol” stuff.

    Of course, now I have a flex-fuel engine in my car that could handle up to 85% ethanol, but there’s only one station in town that sells it and I certainly don’t go all the way there to buy gas for my mower. Besides, I like the power and MPG I get with the low-corn stuff.

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