BP Still Searching For Initial Cause Of Gas Contamination

Things are starting to get back to normal after last week’s issue with BP. Don Good from the Good Oil Company said BP officials are still trying to pinpoint the initial cause.

“They’re suspecting that it was a polymer that got out of balance on the blending of it,” said Good. “It only affected the areas that sell reformulated gasoline, which in Indiana there’s only two counties that sell it and those are Lake and Porter. Clean air-type gasoline is only sold in those two counties in Indiana and then the Chicagoland area was also affected.”

Good explains how something like this could have happened.

“We went from three grades of gasoline, which was no lead, mid-grade and premium, to 80-some blends in the Midwest and this area which are mandated by EPA. So they’ve got this equipment that shoots different types of feed stock into it as it’s blended, depending on where it’s going. Of course it’s all computerized and generally they sample every batch, but this one kind of got by,” Good explained.

They’re still trying to identify if it was a human error or computer error.

“I’m sure that they’ll be spending a fair amount of time and money figuring it out so it doesn’t happen again,” said Good.