Friday, March 20, 2009

Gas Station Closures Loom

According to the Sacramento Bee, there could be a lot of gas stations going out of business because they might not be able to afford a pump upgrade meant to curb vapor emissions. Just what we need in these tough times, huh?

It's hard for me to believe the upgrades cost $11,000 per pump. You can't help but wonder if the price is that high because the gas stations have no choice in the matter but to buy them.

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At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Translation: 5 percent of stations have stalled this upgrade for 9 years.

I haven't used a station in Humboldt County that doesn't already have the vapor guard installed. But I understand your sentiment. Who needs clear air anyway?

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of pollution, pumps show MTBE in gasoline. Bad for water. Why still in gasoline? Fred? Anyone?

At 3:37 PM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

I will miss my contact high from pumping gas with the older pumps.


At 8:11 PM, Blogger Fred said...

3:36 asks, "[MTBE]:Why still in gasoline?".

There was some effort a while back to remove MTBE from California's gasoline. I forget the exact details but the Environmental Protection Agency rejected that request.

I believe it had something to do with California's special deal with the feds to have their own special gas that supposedly reduced air pollution.

Once again, the unintended results from well meaning legislation rears its ugly head.

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is MTBE still in gas? Same reason a bum like Cheesebro is still sloping on our dime.


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