Approximately eight tankers of aviation fuel were mistakenly delivered to six gas stations last week in four New Jersey counties, according to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. This fuel was sold to motorists last week before the stations were shut down.
The aviation fuel, which is rated at 104.7 octane compared to 93 octane for super unleaded gasoline, was delivered to and then dispensed as super unleaded by the following stations from Wednesday, Dec. 5 to Friday, Dec. 7:
- Getty, 1292 Route 22 East, North Plainfield
- Express Fuel, 2482 South Broad Street, Trenton
- Lukoil, 218 Parker Avenue, Manasquan
- Lukoil, 2239 North Avenue, Scotch Plains
- Pasmel, 2515 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville
All six stations are owned by Freehold-based Pasmel Property. Officials with the State Division of Consumer Affairs and its Office of Weights and Measures today met with Pasmel representatives to gather information about this situation, according to the Office of the Attorney General.
The aviation fuel was only sold as super unleaded and the other grades sold by these stations have not been affected. In addition to having a higher octane level, aviation fuel, which is used in propeller-driven aircraft and not jets, contains a small amount of lead as opposed to the unleaded gasoline dispensed to motorists, according to the Office of the Attorney General. Automotive professionals consulted by Consumer Affairs believe that the aviation fuel should not cause damage to vehicle engines.
Keyport Police reported that a number of vehicles stalled out due to the fuel mixture.
Any consumer who has concerns about their vehicle after purchasing super unleaded from any of these stations during this time frame should file a complaint with the Division. The Division to date has received about 30 complaints from motorists who purchased fuel at the six gas stations, according to the Office of the Attorney General.
“As we continue to investigate how these mistaken deliveries occurred, we want customers of these six stations to be aware of this situation and to monitor their vehicles. If customers who filled their vehicles with super unleaded gas during this time have concerns about how their vehicles are operating, they should file a complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs,” said Eric T. Kanefsky, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, in a press release.
As a result of this situation, Pasmel is in the process of removing all gasoline from its tanks at these locations, according to the Office of the Attorney General. In total, more than 80,000 gallons are being removed. The fuel must be removed and the dispensing systems cleaned, before Weight and Measures inspectors will allow the six stations to re-open. The state Department of Environmental Protection is closely monitoring the removal and disposal of the aviation fuel.
Consumers who wish to file a complaint can contact the Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846 (toll-free within N.J.) or at 973-504-6200. Complaint forms also are available on the Division’s website, http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov.