Three BP stations in Oak Park sold tainted gas

Owners experiencing car trouble can make claim

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Three Oak Park BP gas stations may have sold tainted gasoline for two weeks in August.

On Wednesday, BP released a list of gas stations that sold "off-specification" gasoline produced at the Whiting, Ind., refinery. This includes the stations at 203 Madison, 6119 W. North Ave. and 727 N. Harlem Ave.

One station in neighboring Forest Park located at 7204 W. Washington, was also on the list.

According to BP, each station was ordered by Wednesday to immediately stop selling the tainted gasoline, clean out tanks and dispose of the fuel.

All three grades of gasoline may have been affected, according to the BP press release.

If your car experienced hard starting, rough idling or stalling, or other "drivability issues" after purchasing gas at one of the listed stations, have your car towed to a repair shop to be checked out and call 1-800-333-3991 or 1-800-599-9040 to make a claim, the release states.

Scott Posson, at Forest Automotive on Desplaines Avenue in Forest Park, where one BP station sold the tainted fuel, says his shop has seen two vehicles that wouldn't start after filling up on the gas.

"We had to drain the fuel tank, flush the line, put in a new fuel filter and additive," Posson said. "It's costing between $200 and $400 dollars per car."

Posson said BP provided a rental car for his repair customer.

"[BP is] pretty good about taking care of people," he said.

The company provides a claim number and mechanics submit estimates to BP.

"It's similar to an extended warranty process," said Posson.

So far, the company has received almost 10,000 claims for damaged caused by problems in the refinery's alkylation unit, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The list of gas stations that were selling the tainted gas can be found here:


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joe from south oak park  

Posted: September 1st, 2012 11:44 PM

Suppose it's a good thing that I stopped buying gas from BP after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 11:48 PM

Cont... until Bush said to the country, "This is a new America.", so how can Romney turn anything back? He won't, and we will continue how we are going until there is a new change again with the economy.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 11:44 PM

Cont.. All things are thought out, even what was going to happen with the invasion into Iraq, and what resistance to expect. If governments, and private business did not think of all possibilities we could end up of a mortgage crisis. Yes, event that was thought out but it happened, and there are reasons for it. If you watched Romney tonight, he said he is going to turn back our country to what America was, and of course he just wants to get elected because it was still America, Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 11:40 PM

Cont.. so expensive that people are better off if they don't drive. When that happens, the auto industry as it is, stops selling automobiles and every business related to producing material needed for the production of automobiles will go out of business. Shopping malls will lose business and many shops will go out of business, and so on. The gas companies won't be able to raise prices to that extent, and they know how much they can raise the price per gallon. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 11:35 PM

4 Freedom, you are correct if you could compare both countries but they don't compare. We are going to buy gas regardless of the price and we don't group together to not buy gas so the prices won't go down. There is plenty of gas, and the increase in producing it hasn't increased because of labor costs or the lack of oil, or any political climate in any country. It has increased because we will buy it and the gas industry knows how much we are able to afford before it becomes... Cont...

4 Freedom from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 10:39 PM

Q, I think all of your comments make my point. You said in India when the price of gas goes up, people stop buying gas which means demand falls, and then when the price lowers people start buying again which means demand goes up. That's exactly what I said! So, if you force gas companies to lower the price, demand will go up just like in India and just like here or anywhere else. People will start driving cars again and companies will start using trucks because they are faster and more flexible.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 10:13 PM

Cont... the loss of product meaning the customer pays more to make up for it.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 10:10 PM

4 Freedom, in India, when the cost of gas get's to expensive, people stop buying gas to protest the costs. Then the price comes down for awhile, and it starts over again. The reason businesses are taking less expensive means of transportation is to keep the costs of their products down. A good example of real supply and demand because oil doesn't work that way is the cost of food that has been effected by the drought. There is less, so the growers have to increase the cost to make up for.. Cont.

4 Freedom from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 8:02 PM

Q, we are talking day 1 of high school economics. I would agree demand is pretty elastic, but demand does change with prices. Why were there record scooter sales when prices jumped? Why is CTA ridership the highest in forever. Why did many businesses start using rail even though is slower? Why do people dangerously block Harlem in front Thortons? Why? Because price matters. So forcing the companies to subsidize their own gas (more so than the government already does) will have negative effects.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 11:19 AM

4 Freedom, lower gas prices doesn't increase demand. Any practical alternatives are being invested by the gas companies and will not be used why there is still gas to sell. Prices increases don't reflect the cost per barrel.

4 Freedom from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 9:26 AM

SmartGirl, no doubt you have good intentions but such a policy would have unintended consequences. Simple economics would tell you that cutting the price of gas would increase demand resulting in more production and increased chance of environmental dangers. Furthermore, higher gas prices make alternatives more attractive. A better option is to hop on the Greenline or Metra and encourage others to do the same.

SmartGirl from Galewood  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 9:06 AM

When gas is controled by only a few huge money hungry corporations, there is not much choice where you get the gas. Instead of raising prices, they should cut the price of gas, help the consumer and the station owners. Sure, maybe their profit will only be in the millions instead of billions, but the greed and the enviromental dangers have all got to stop.

4 Freedom from Oak Park  

Posted: August 30th, 2012 1:17 AM

Q, I agree with you that BP is too concerned about profit but I have to say one thing. They only profit when people buy their gas. So in this way profit becomes powerful. You and others can choose to not buy their gas. The consumer is much more powerful, less costly, and corrupt than the big government you are suggesting is required.

Dan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 11:40 PM

I purchased gas at a non-BP station in Gary on August 19. The car had all the symptoms of this bad fuel, so I called the claim "hotline" on August 22. I have yet to be contacted. Thank you for posting the link with the filling stations involved. My station is on the list. WHEN WILL BP BE CALLING PEOPLE??

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 11:24 PM

Lanny from Oak Park, I don't buy BP gas either. The company knew they had a faulty valve and didn't replace it leaving all of the damage they did. People don't like big government because businesses can take care of themselves. This is a perfect example that profit is what they only want, and government did nothing that made a difference to BP.

OP Resident  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 9:41 PM

"BP is pretty good about taking care of people"??? Does that include people in the Gulf Coast? LMAO

Graham Johnston from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 7:15 PM

Thanks for spotting that error MacDad. I've corrected it in the story.

Lanny from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 5:53 PM

We should all have stopped bying BP BEFORE the spillage. I did, years ago, when it became obvious they're polluting Lake Michigan with that same refinery in Indiana. Big Time !! And totally unappologetic. You could google it. Boycott 'em. Individual station owners should get out and go with another company.

OP MacDad  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 5:49 PM

That first one would be Madison at Lombard, unless there's an alternate north-south Madison street BP's keeping quiet.


Posted: August 29th, 2012 5:16 PM

I don't use their gas. Ever since the huge oil spill I just couldn't give them my hard earned dollars. I use Shell. My car is older and my Mechanic told me the additive in their gas is good for my tank. Recently, the owner of the BP right across from the Shell I use, came to visit the owner, to bully and yell at him simply because his gas prices were a couple of cents lower than BP's. Jerk! Just another reason why I fill up at Shell.

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