Timothy Boone / The Advocate
BATON ROUGE, La. -- ExxonMobil shut down its Baton Rouge terminal gasoline loading racks Wednesday while it investigates a “potential issue” with fuel being sold at select locations around the city.
“We have shut down the Baton Rouge terminal gasoline loading racks while the investigation continues,” ExxonMobil said in a statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers and motorists.”
The company said consumers who have questions or concerns should contact the station where they bought the gas.
ExxonMobil would not elaborate on the statement.
Veronica Mosgrove, a spokeswoman with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, said since Friday the agency has gotten 17 complaints from consumers who had issues with getting bad gasoline, with the bulk of calls coming on Wednesday.
In response, Mosgrove said agents from the department’s weights and measures division, which regulates the sale and quality of motor fuels in the state, went to three different Baton Rouge stations to investigate the gasoline that was being sold. But she said the tests didn’t indicate any issues with water getting in the gasoline tanks or ethanol.
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