The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued an update on the contaminated gas incident due to human error caused by Citgo.
Seventeen Florida gas stations remained under a “stop sale” order Tuesday because of concerns about gas contaminated with diesel fuel at the Port of Tampa, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said.
The department Saturday announced that “human error” at the port resulted in the “strong likelihood” of contamination of gas sold to a number of stations supplied by Citgo. Gas contaminated with diesel fuel could cause engine damage or affect the operability of vehicles.
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The 17 stations are in several areas of the state, including Tampa, Fort Myers, Lakeland and Daytona Beach, the department said in a news release.
Meanwhile, eight stations had been cleared for gas sales after inspections and testing. Also, six stations initially suspected of receiving contaminated gas didn’t receive such shipments.
With Hurricane Idalia expected to slam into the state Wednesday, Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said Tuesday that more than 400,000 gallons of gas were available.
“We have more than enough fuel to backfill any issues that we have going on right now,” Guthrie said. Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue said the state’s ports are “fully stocked with fuel and ready to respond.”
“I am grateful to the hard-working men and women at FDACS who responded to this incident swiftly and thoroughly,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson.
“It is never good to have such a catastrophic error for consumers, but particularly during a time when Floridians are evacuating from a potentially dangerous storm. I firmly believe our department was able to mitigate what could have been a worse situation. We stand ready to assist those whose vehicles and equipment were impacted by contaminated fuel,” said Simpson.
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After emergency inspections and testing, FDACS has determined the following:
Six stations did not receive the contaminated fuel shipment:
- Dan’s Car Wash: 39522 US Highway 19 N., Tarpon Springs
- 7-Eleven: 3437 US Highway 19, Holiday
- 7-Eleven: 13411 Fish Hawk Boulevard, Lithia
- Quick & Easy Stop: 4529 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota
- Palmers Easy Stop: 903 Cattleman Rd., Sarasota
- 2K Express 5: 6202 N 40th St., Tampa
Eight stations have been inspected, remediated, and cleared by FDACS for fuel sales:
- 7-Eleven: 720 Chiquita Boulevard, North Cape Coral
- 7-Eleven: 2604 Skyline Boulevard, Cape Coral
- 7-Eleven: 601 Pine Island Rd. S.W., Cape Coral
- 7-Eleven: 6050 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills
- 7-Eleven: 714 Burnt Store Road, Cape Coral
- Handy Foods Store #87: 3205 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres
- Faulkenburg CITGO: 5320 Faulkenburg Road, Tampa
- PJI LLC: 7977 W Dunnellon Road, Dunnellon (Regular and premium fuel was not contaminated, only diesel fuel)
17 stations remain under a stop sale order pending laboratory confirmation:
- 7-Eleven: 4325 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres
- 7-Eleven: 12750 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers
- 7-Eleven: 290 Lakeland Park Road, Lakeland
- 7-Eleven: 940 S Broad St., Brooksville
- 7-Eleven: 1626 Meadow Road, Lehigh Acres
- 7-Eleven: 2401 James Redman Parkway, Plant City
- BJ’s Wholesale: 1929 Pine Island Road N.E., Cape Coral
- BJ’s Wholesale: 9372 Ben C Pratt Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers
- BJ’s Wholesale: 13585 NE 86th Path, Lady Lakes
- Handy Foods Store #86: 21321 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva
- Superday CITGO: 1595 South McCall Road, Port Charlotte
- Bolton One LLC: 15434 US Highway 19, Hudson
- JHW #310 – DBA Avenue CITGO: 11867 N. Williams St., Dunellon
- AL Prime – Daytona Beach: 1898 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
- Choice Food & Gas: 310 N Central Ave., Umatilla
- Perfection Station 5: 9931 N Florida Ave., Tampa
- Rogers Petroleum: 134 N Desoto Ave., Arcadia
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