Dozens of Vehicles Malfunction After Purchasing Gas
A gas station in New Jersey is facing an investigation after selling gas that may have been tainted by floodwaters, leading to malfunctions in at least 26 vehicles. The Conoco station on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden County was closed on Wednesday night and will remain shut until further notice.
Tests Reveal Unusual Amount of Water in Fuel Tanks
Preliminary tests conducted by Camden County officials showed an “exceptional amount” of water in fuel samples taken from the gas station’s tanks. County spokesman Dan Keashen stated that the gas station owner may have ignored warnings from a mechanism designed to remove water from the tanks, resulting in the sale of tainted gas to customers. The owner has not yet commented on the matter.
Reimbursement for Affected Customers
The pumps at the Conoco station have been locked, and the business owner is coordinating with officials to provide full reimbursement to customers who were impacted by the incident. As of now, 26 individuals have already sought reimbursement for damages caused by the tainted gas.
Winter Storm Finn Implicated in Contamination
While investigations are ongoing to determine the exact cause of the contamination, officials believe that Winter Storm Finn, which brought heavy rain and flooding to New Jersey and other states, is likely responsible for the water infiltration. The city and county departments of weights and measures are urging anyone with concerns about gas purchased from the Conoco station to contact them.
Severe Weather Conditions Plague the East Coast
New Jersey and several other states in the Northeast experienced significant snowfall, heavy rain, and flooding this week due to winter storms. Thousands of customers were left without power, and New Jersey declared a state of emergency. Coastal flood and flood warnings are still in effect, with additional rainfall expected in the coming days.
Source: Fox Business