By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor
The state of New Jersey confirmed Wednesday that six automotive gas stations received and sold leaded aviation fuel to drivers before the mistake was discovered and the sales were shut down. The fuel was delivered by eight tankers between Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 to six gas stations owned by the same company. In a statement from the Division of Consumer Affairs, the fuel was not directly identified as 100LL. The agency said the fuel was "rated at 104.7 octane compared to 93 octane for super unleaded," and contained "a small amount of lead." It was mistakenly sold to motorists as super unleaded. According to the agency, it "should not cause damage to vehicles engines."
By Wednesday it was not yet clear how the mistaken deliveries occurred. The affected stations are Delta, 88 Route 36 South, Keyport; Getty, 1292 Route 22 East, North Plainfield; Express Fuel, 2482 South Broad Street, Trenton; Lukoil, 218 Parker Avenue, Manasquan; Lukoil, 2239 North Avenue, Scotch Plains; and Pasmel, 2515 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, N.J.. All of the stations are owned by Pasmel Property. The company reportedly plans to remove 80,000 gallons of potentially affected fuel from tanks at the stations and clean its dispensing systems before Weights and Measures will allow those stations to reopen. Consumer Affairs asked affected drivers to monitor their vehicles and file a complaint with the agency if concerned. The full news release from the Division of Consumer Affairs is available here.