Consumer protection agencies are fielding complaints after a Minnesota fuel distributor provided diesel-tainted gasoline to outlets in southeast Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Magellan Midstream Partners alerted the Minnesota Department of Commerce Saturday that small amounts of diesel had been added to gas distributed from its Rochester terminal that was delivered to 44 stations mostly between Rochester, Sparta, Wis., and Decorah, Iowa.
Ross Corson, director of communications for the Department of Commerce, said Magellan is in the process of replacing or diluting the contaminated fuel to acceptable standards. The department will be testing samples at Minnesota outlets to ensure the problem is corrected.
Corson said consumer protection agencies in Wisconsin and Iowa have also been alerted.
The contamination is not expected to cause long-term damage, according to the DOC, but could lead to poor vehicle performance. Customers affected can contact consumer protection agencies in the states where the gasoline was purchased.
Kwik Trip, which operates all but 11 of the affected stations, has replaced the bad gas and will compensate any customers affected, said company spokesman John McHugh.
The La Crosse-based chain had received two complaints by Monday afternoon.
McHugh said anyone who notices engine knock should have the problem checked out by a mechanic and file a claim on the Kwik Trip website.
“We would get it all taken care of and send Magellan a bill,” McHugh said. “They don’t have to wait for a response from a state agency.”
Tainted gas station list
|Kwik Trip #623||7020 Hwy. 61 W.||Minnesota City||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #428||330 Second Ave. SE||Cresco||Iowa|
|Kwik Trip #629||801 Mechanic St||Decorah||Iowa|
|Hy-Vee #1027||1001 18th Ave. NW||Austin||Minn.|
|Casey’s General Store #2843||Blooming Prairie||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #622||Byron||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #619||409 S. Mantorville Ave.||Kasson||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #814||115 S Knowlton St||Kellog||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #437||319 S. Third St.||La Crescent||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #844||994 Lyon Ave.||Lake City||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #152||Mapewood||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #869||Oakdale||Minn.|
|High Plains COOP||240 Broadway Ave.||Plainview||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #245||95 Fourth Ave. SE||Plainview||Minn.|
|Casey’s General Store #1767||4500 18th Ave. NW||Rochester||Minn.|
|Casey’s General Store #2269||1600 Eastwood Road SW||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #321||1350 Salem Road SW||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #341||315 12th St.||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #357||1221 Marion Road SE||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #433||560 11th Ave. NW||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #464||4760 Commercial Drive SW||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #659||1990 Scott Road NW||Rochester||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #843||106 Hiawatha Drive||Wabasha||Minn.|
|Casey’s General Store #2832||214 State St. N.||West Concord||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #746||1058 Homer Road||Winona||Minn.|
|Severson Oil Co.||508 Louisa St,||Winona||Minn.|
|Severson Oil Co.||1560 W. Service Drive||Winona||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #463||100 Jefferson Drive E.||Zumbrota||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #737||Lewiston||Minn.|
|Kwik Trip #802||603 N. Main St.||Alma||Wis.|
|Thaler/Express Mart||19756 Hwy. X||Chippewa Falls||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #750||4828 Mormon Coulee Road||La Crosse||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #761||500 Cass St.||La Crosse||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #816||3130 State Road||La Crosse||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #826||4605 Mormon Coulee Road||La Crosse||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #350||9421 Hwy. 16||Onalaska||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #377||1802 Hwy. S||Onalaska||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #383||408 Sand Lake Road||Onalaska||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #494||W6782 Abbey Road||Onalaska||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #767||229 Oak Forest Drive||Onalaska||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #317||1751 W. Wisconsin St.||Sparta||Wis.|
|Kwik Trip #684||985 Hwy. 16||West Salem||Wis.|