BRUNSWICK -- As Giant Eagle works to remedy a fuel mix-up that effected about 500 customers, City of Brunswick Fire Chief James Baird has a warning about the fuel and safety.
Baird issued this news release Tuesday night :
Giant Eagle/GetGo Gasoline Update
Customers who purchased regular gasoline at the Giant Eagle/ Get Go gas station at 3440 Center Road in Brunswick may have purchased pure ethanol due to a delivery mix-up.
Only 87 octane fuel purchased between 7:45 pm on Sunday, July 28, 2013 and 2:30 pm on Monday, July 29, 2013 is affected.
Motorists are urged to contact Giant Eagle at 1-800-553-2324 for further instructions. You should not operate your vehicle until you speak with Giant Eagle representatives.
Of additional concern locally is the disposal of Ethanol purchased in portable containers.
Currently, Giant Eagle has not issued a release regarding the collection of the unwanted fuel.
"It is imperative that residents do not dispose of this unwanted ethanol by pouring it down drains or into streams or storm sewers," said James Baird, Chief of the City of Brunswick Division of Fire.
"Ethanol is extremely flammable, and dangerous to the environment, and we encourage everyone to contact Giant Eagle's 800 number with their concerns."
Disposal of any hazardous substance in storm sewers, drains or streams is illegal and extremely dangerous to the environment and your personal safety.
Giant Eagle released a statement earlier in the day, in part saying :
"Customers who have purchased the affected product should call their local mechanic or car dealership and have their vehicle towed to the site for inspection. Additionally, customers may contact Giant Eagle at 1.800.553.2324 between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to process a claim related to the Brunswick GetGo incident."
In the statement, Giant Eagle apologies for any inconvenience and says they will work to satisfy all affected customers.