BP posts database of stations with recalled gas, bulk of claims from Hoosiers
By Carole Carlson and Sandra Guy firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3154 August 29, 2012 12:26PM
BP spokesman Scott Dean said the recalled gasoline is shipped back to the refinery for reprocessing to make sure it meets quality standards, then it is put back on the market for sale. Dean said most of the recalled gas shipped back to them is coming from gas stations, but the refinery is receiving some from automotive shops and even customers carrying 5-gallon containers. Motorists can receive claim information at (800) 599-9040 or check the database at www.bpresponse.com.
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:08PM
BP said Wednesday it shipped nearly twice as much contaminated gasoline as it first reported on Monday — 4.7 million gallons — to 557 gas stations in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio.
The company has recalled that gasoline and replaced it with the good-quality product after inspecting its distribution system, BP spokesman Scott Dean said.
About 9,600 claims have been filed with BP from motorists to recover repair costs. The company said 63 percent are from Indiana residents, 29 percent from Illinois residents and 3 percent from Wisconsin motorists.
BP originally estimated it shipped more than 2 million gallons of tainted gas from its Whiting refinery. It said gasoline now coming from the refinery has been tested and meets quality standards.
BP said it expects payment of claims to accelerate throughout the week. BP is accepting sales receipts, credit or debit card records and repair bills electronically. BP has 159 call center operators and 140 claims adjusters in place.
BP has posted a searchable database on its website to help motorists determine if they purchased recalled gasoline. If gas wasn’t purchased at a BP station, the database will just offer the station address.
A quick check of some of the stations in Northwest Indiana showed three stations in Schererville, four in Hobart and seven in Portage.
Motorists can receive claim information at (800) 599-9040 or check the database at www.bpresponse.com.
Dean said there is no way to know how much of the recalled gasoline was sold, since the amounts would differ based on how much gasoline a motorist purchased and other factors such as how much was blended with gasoline in the stations’ storage tanks.
BP traced the problem to a processing unit at the Whiting oil refinery that was throwing off a bad ingredient called akylate into the gasoline supply, Dean said.