The US Department of Energy lists 91 stations in the state of Ohio that dispense an 85-percent ethanol blend (aka E85). Unfortunately, one unlisted station in the Buckeye State took the biofuel a step further earlier this week. The GetGo station in Brunswick, about 25 miles southwest of Cleveland, accidentally served pure ethanol from its 87-octane tanks. An estimated 500 cars were served the ol' moonshine between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, the Ohio's Medina Gazette reports.

Giant Eagle, which owns the station, was quick to say that vehicles built to handle "flex fuel" wouldn't be damaged. As for the others? Well, the company said to pretty much said to hustle the car – via tow truck – to a mechanic and call Giant Eagle to get reimbursed for their troubles. So this should be fun.

Ethanol has been a hot-button issue of sorts as proponents have pushed for higher blends in gasoline for the sake of cutting down foreign petroleum dependency, while opponents say, among other things, that more ethanol can mean more engine damage. The discussion usually revolves around changing the common blend level from 10 percent ethanol (E10) to 15-percent ethanol content (E15). In late June, the US Supreme Court blocked an effort to make sales of E15 illegal but E85 has long been fine to sell from specially market pumps. It's when you pump out E100 without telling anyone that you can run into problems.


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      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      It could have been worse. I remember stories about gas stations mistakenly pumping diesel into gas cars, and gas into diesel cars. Both much worse.
      Charlie Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      “Bob Dudley, who runs BP, told me that people don’t realize how many resources his company has. The oil and gas industry is global and powerful and it’s not something beholden to any particular president, Congress or well-meaning regulation.” Washington Post, Friday, March 16, 2012
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charlie Peters
        And they aren't afraid to use evil tactics to get their way and continue making billions of dollars for those at the top.
      maestro62
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate ethanol. It's BS that we are forced to use it
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      Idiocracy
      Moneypenney
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's time to stop putting ethanol in gas all together. Give us back our real gas and chalk up the whole ethanol mess as a failed experiment.
        Allch Chcar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moneypenney
        Ethanol has been used as a fuel source for thousands of years. It's not an experiment, unlike Fossil fuels with it's meager couple-hundred-year-history. It's arguable if Gasoline is even cheaper since it generates a significant social cost. Only lately have studies been trying to find the total social cost of our Petroleum affair. And don't forget NASCAR recently went with 15% Ethanol. That's something when one of the most conservative sports used something "new." They just switched over to Fuel Injection.
        ualfriend
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moneypenney
        Tell that to indy car owners
      jokinok1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sign in front of a service station in Oklahoma..."Corn is for cows". I agree.
      chuckl4826
      • 1 Year Ago
      And the "government" aka taxpayers subsidize the farmers to grow more corn for fuel instead of food which raises the price of food. Yet WE keep electing these a**holes...!
      Charlie Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can Mary Nichols, Kamala Harris, Gary Condit and Governor Brown support a GMO fuel ethanol waiver? Motorcycle, Classic car, Lawn tool engine, Boat, & the beef just might like a choice of fuel ethanol, a waiver.
        M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charlie Peters
        It has been a long time ago, but there was a business put up for sale by "lottery". The name? RACING FUELS, (selling high octane, 'pure gasoline', like 100 octane for boats and cars, etc.). The 'ticket' cost was $1,000(?), and there were a fixed number of tickets available, with the winning ticket owning the business. That story made big TV news at the time. It was sold appropriately/legally, but in less than a year it went out of business. My guess is that the fuel was no longer available, but there was no one around to ask... BTW, I believe you can get a refund on the "road tax" paid on non-road fuel used when you itemize your taxes... 'agricultural use' fuel does not pay that tax, and I don't believe aviation fuel does either. (You can tell if the fuel is INTENDED for those uses because it has coloring added. If your gas from a regular filling station is colored, it is probably an illegal use of that fuel that was diverted from one of those uses, and tax wasn't paid... sort of like bootlegged cigarettes crossing state lines.)
      Al Mallozzi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Force the Majors to give us the good stuff. Ever since 1974 (remember the oil embargo?), oil companies have bull-shitted the American Public with winter grade, summer grade, additives, delivery problems, big demand, low demand, procuction problems, middle east problems, etc, etc, I can go on and on. Detroit is in co-hoots with these bastards. This is the reason that it took over 40 years to manufacture an automobile that can attain a MPG of 25 +. BUT, in 1974 the MPG was around 12 - 15 , but the price was 25.9 a gallon. Now we hope for 24 - 30 MPG +, but are paying 3.85 per gallon. And every President, ever Congress, since 1974 remain unmoved by these problems. Its been suggested we all stop purchasing gasoline to force the majors to lower the price to be compatable with today's living standards. Who are we hurting? You guessed it. So giving us Ethonal 10%, 15% etc is all we can get from the giants that control the oil industry.And who really knows what this substance (ethonal) is doing to our auto engines, components, etc.Well anyways, if you run out og gas, oops, I mean ethenol, going down the road, soon, you may drain your radiator and put the liquid in your fuel tank, so that it can get you to the n earest Ethonal Station. Al Mallozzi, al2951@aol.com
      Seth
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's amazing all the parties involved in this (as mentioned in the article): you have the supermarket chain who owns a string of branded gas stations that is falling on their sword for good customer service. They in turn get their gas from a fuel supplier. That supplier gets their fuel from another wholesale fuel storage company. And then of course you have the driver of the truck who put it in the tank in the ground. My guess, since it doesn't say so, is through the entire process they thought the delivery was for regular pump gas from the beginning and not that it was an ethanol order that was delivered wrong. I'm surprised no one caught the FUD from the fire chief.
        Allch Chcar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seth
        I don't see why you were down voted for this. It's good PR for the Retailer to make amends, especially since their fuel supplier will end up paying for the mistake.
      joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      alabama non ethanol gas is sold
        Allch Chcar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe
        Pure Gasoline is sold next to E10 in Iowa. Guess what people pick? 80+% of people chose E10.
      JIM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even if ethanol were cheaper to produce it reduces your m.p.g. so it ends up more expensive, plus it is very corrosive.
        a2004ssr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JIM
        Actually it turns to gel when there is the slightest amount of water present, not good for the fuel systems.
          ualfriend
          • 1 Year Ago
          @a2004ssr
          Then why do they put into your tank when there is water present? I have never seen a mixed drink with ice gel up.
        gramargo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JIM
        I don't know if my favorite station has the ethanol mix in its 87 tanks, but I worry about it doing weird things to my dear little 1986 VW Golf. So far it's running nicely, but eventually it could be affected and I wouldn't know it until the damage was fairly bad. At least there's a local "older VW" repair shop nearby, and I trust the owners to give me good advice and to fix any problems that arise.
          Allch Chcar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gramargo
          All cars from 1985 onward are approved for E10. Check your owner's manual or find one online. It was a law by then.
        Frank
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JIM
        PRECISELY, Jim. AND, causes food prices to increase. AND a host of other problems. The American driver has been sold "a bill of goods"
        oakspondman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JIM
        Ethanol is a killer on small engines, it absorbs moisture.
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