Jacksons, state say tainted gas issues have been resolved

January 8, 2014 

Diesel fuel mistakenly mixed with unleaded gas caused problems for motorists who fueled up over the weeken at four Treasure Valley Jacksons stores, but company and state officials said Tuesday the issue has been resolved.

In a written statement, Jacksons Food Stores said the company will cover mechanical problems caused by the problem fuel, and anyone with issues should call the corporate office at 888-6061.

Kevin Merritt, section manager for the Idaho Bureau of Weights and Measures, said gas from the Meridian Jacksons at Fairview and Locust Grove — the first location where problem fuel was reported — passed preliminary tests Monday, and samples from the other three stations — two at Nampa’s Garrity Boulevard and Northside Boulevard Interstate 84 interchanges and one just off I-84 on Boise’s Orchard Avenue — were tested with positive results Tuesday morning.

The fuel samples will be sent to a lab in Utah for more advanced testing, Merritt said, but the preliminary tests detect the fuel’s octane level, and mixing diesel in would throw the octane off.

“That’s what makes me think this fuel is going to test out fine,” Merritt said.

All four stations were serviced by the same fuel truck, and Jacksons reports that the problem was caused by “several instances of human errors.” All of the affected gas has been removed, the company said, and company policies and procedures have been changed to prevent similar issues in the future.

Merritt said he hopes the affected fuel will be sent back to a refinery so it doesn’t end up back in circulation. Jacksons officials did not respond Tuesday to questions about what will happen to that fuel.

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