July 23, 2016

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GetGo gas uh-oh: Pumps dispense ethanol not gas

BRUNSWICK — Pumps at the GetGo service station at 3446 Center Road served up pure ethanol rather than regular gasoline to about 500 customers, according to the company.

A spokesperson for Giant Eagle, which owns GetGo, said in a news release Tuesday that the service station Sunday received a shipment of unblended ethanol from its fuel supplier, Source One Transportation, which mistakenly was put into the 87 octane fuel tank.

Customers purchased the mislabeled 87 octane fuel between 7:45 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Giant Eagle said that if the vehicle was designed to use “flex fuel” or “vara fuel” there should be no problem. But the pure ethanol could damage other vehicles.

Giant Eagle advised affected customers to call their local mechanic or car dealership and have their vehicle towed to the site for inspection.

They also are directed to call Giant Eagle at (800) 553-2324 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to file for reimbursement.

“Giant Eagle and GetGo apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error, and the company is working diligently to satisfy affected customers,” the spokesperson stated in the news release.

The city of Brunswick’s website stressed that GetGo customers should not improperly dispose of the ethanol, which is grain alcohol.

“It is imperative that residents do not dispose of this unwanted ethanol by pouring it down drains or into streams or storm sewers,” city Fire Chief James Baird said. “Ethanol is extremely flammable and dangerous to the environment.

“We encourage everyone to contact Giant Eagle’s 800 number with their concerns.”

It was GetGo’s second fuel mixup this year.

In March, a Sunoco service station on Pearl Road in Brunswick and two GetGo stations — on Medina Road in Fairlawn and Lincoln Way East in Massillon — sold
87-octane gasoline that had been mixed with diesel fuel.

GetGo blamed the mixup on a wholesale fuel terminal operator, Bulk Terminal Storage.

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