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Magellan Midstream Starts Recall Of 450,000 Gallons Of Bad Gasoline

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Magellan Midstream Partners started pumping gasoline from underground storage tanks across the state Wednesday after an announcement earlier this week that 450,000 gallons were blended with three times the typical amount of ethanol.

More than 100 businesses across the state, mostly retail gas stations, received the fuel that could be up to 30 percent ethanol. It was sent from the facility between August 23 and 29. The company has set up a hotline for consumers at 1 (855) 378-9466.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner told The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo most of the affected stations have received additional gasoline shipments since the problem was discovered:

Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine said the recalled gasoline will be returned to the terminal from which it was shipped. The company has not yet determined whether it can re-blend that fuel. That depends in part on how much ethanol is in the gasoline, he said. “We are working with regulators to determine the best way to manage that situation,”Heinesaid. “We wish it had not occurred, but we look at incidents like this as a lesson learned and will do our best to prevent it from happening again.” Heinesaid Magellan does not yet have an estimate of how much it will cost to correct the error. Moss saidCashionGrain and Feed typically sells 100 percent gasoline because customers don’t want fuel blended with ethanol.

See The List Of Affected Locations As Of Sept. 1, 2016

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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