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The Investigators: Bad gas found at Mid-South stations

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An agency issued a stop notice May 2 to the BP gas station at 2595 Anderson Ave. in Brownsville, TN, after Matilda Lewis of Haywood County, TN, filed a complaint. An agency issued a stop notice May 2 to the BP gas station at 2595 Anderson Ave. in Brownsville, TN, after Matilda Lewis of Haywood County, TN, filed a complaint.
Nearly five dozen West Tennessee gas stations failed inspection for fuel quality violations since 2012, according to records from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Nearly five dozen West Tennessee gas stations failed inspection for fuel quality violations since 2012, according to records from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
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(WMC) - Nearly five dozen West Tennessee gas stations failed inspection for fuel quality violations since 2012, according to records from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

"The most common causes of pump contamination are terminal or fuel truck maintenance, rain water and condensation," said Tom Womack, the agriculture department's director of public affairs. "We may cite both the retailer and the distributor until we figure out the source of the contamination."

The agency issued a stop notice May 2 to the BP gas station at 2595 Anderson Ave. in Brownsville, TN, after Matilda Lewis of Haywood County, TN, filed a complaint.

She said she suffered damage to her 2010 Ford Escape after filling up at the station.

"I drove off, and my car just died," she said.

A receipt indicated she filled up from the station's mid-grade storage tank on April 29.

A repair invoice dated April 30 from Homer Skelton Ford in Millington, TN, indicated the cause of her vehicle's malfunction was "fuel contamination." It cost her $668.43 to flush her fuel system and save her engine, plus $40 for a tow.


The state inspector found "three inches of water in [the] mid-grade gasoline storage tank" at the Brownsville gas station, according to the inspection report. The owner was ordered to shut the mid-grade tank down until it's repaired and re-inspected.

According to the agriculture agency's records, 57 gas stations in eight West Tennessee counties (Shelby, Tipton, Fayette, Lauderdale, Dyer, Haywood, Hardeman, McNairy) failed inspection for fuel quality violations since 2012.

Thirty-five of them operate in Shelby County. Thirty percent of those pepper the neighborhoods of Southeast Memphis, including Parkway Village, Fox Meadows, and the Oakhaven/Airport area.

Phillips 66 in the Oakhaven/Airport area, 3367 Winchester Road, failed inspection twice for mixing fuel grades and for creating a combustion danger, according to records.

A BP station in Southeast Memphis, 6465 Holmes Road, failed both its initial inspection and its follow-up inspection for what is believed to be a deteriorating storage tank that was leaching into the fuel, according to Womack and to agency records.

The Q-Mart in Fox Meadows, 3580 S. Mendenhall Road, failed three times, according to records, for putting low octane gas in the premium storage tank.

"In most cases, we can guarantee an inspection of a fuel retailer within 24 hours of a consumer's complaint," said Womack.

The corporate owner of the Brownsville station is A-One Enterprises, LLC. Its representative, a Mr. Singh whose first name is unclear, accepted responsibility for the damage to Lewis' vehicle.

"We have no intentions to harm customers," he said. "We'll take care of it. No problem."

Lewis confirmed Singh issued her a check for the damages, plus a little extra: $1,046.45.

"I'm still concerned that I am going to have future problems with my vehicle because of it," she said.




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