FARMINGTON — Several local convenience stores are among the 22 gasoline stations affected by contaminated gasoline that Western Refining distributed in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
The local stations include Shell stations at 17401 U.S. Highway 550 in Aztec and 4151 U.S. Highway 64 in Kirtland and the ConocoPhillips gas station at 5501 E. Main St. in Farmington. Other New Mexico cities affected include Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Gallup and Jamestown.
Western Refining spokesman Gary Hanson said water was found in the fuel at one of the storage tanks at the company's Gallup refinery and was distributed to gas stations. The cause is under investigation. The contaminated gasoline was delivered Oct. 8.
"We have a number of processes and safety procedures in place to prevent that, and it didn't work this time," Hanson said. "That's what we are trying to determine."
After learning of the issue, Hanson said the company immediately stopped sales and removed and replaced the gasoline at each of the 22 affected locations.
Debra Reed, of Bloomfield, said that she has had issues with her truck after purchasing gasoline from the Conoco gas station on Oct. 8. She did not notice her vehicle was affected until she tried to start it up Monday morning.
"When I got into the truck, it just didn't want to start," Reed said. "When it did start, if I depressed the gas pedal, it would die or go down to virtually nothing."
Reed was able to get her Toyota Tacoma to a Farmington mechanic on Monday but said that the car sputtered and shook while she was driving.
After learning that her car may have been affected by the bad gas, she contacted a claims hotline Western Refining set up to handle vehicle repair claims.
Reed said the hotline representative asked for information about her vehicle, when and where she purchased the gasoline and her contact information. Reed said the representative advised her to pay for repairs and said that the claims company would reimburse her for the cost.
"I really appreciated Western Refining stepping up to the plate," Reed said.
Affected customers can call the Western Refining claims hotline at 877-511-1012.
· Shell station on 6570 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque
· Shell station on 17401 U.S. Highway 550, Aztec
· Maverick station on 10223 U.S. Highway 666, Cortez, Colo.
· Giant station on 20453 U.S. Highway 160, Durango, Colo.
· ConocoPhillips station on 5501 E. Main St., Farmington
· Mobil station on 3960 N. Country Club Drive, Flagstaff, Ariz.
· Shell station on U.S. Highway 491, Gallup
· Giant station on 1730 S. Second St., Gallup
· Maverick station on 1301 Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, Ariz.
· Pilot station on Interstate 40, exit 39, Jamestown
· Keams Canyon station on 403 Arizona Highway 264, Keams Canyon, Ariz.
· Shell station on 4151 U.S. Highway 64, Kirtland
· ConocoPhillips station on Intersection of Bureau of Indian Affairs Route 4 and 41, Pinon, Ariz.
· ConocoPhillips station on 1050 N.M. Highway 528, Rio Rancho
· Apache County station on 120 Country Road, St. Johns, Ariz.
· ConocoPhillips station on 2691 Sawmill Road, Santa Fe
· Giant station on 1009 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe
· Shell station on 1790 S. White Mountain Road, Show Low, Ariz.
· ConocoPhillips station on 1981 E. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, Ariz.
· Safeway station on 900 W. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, Ariz.
· ConocoPhillips station on 138 W. Main, Springville, Ariz.
· Mustang station on junction of U.S. Highways 64 and 160, Teec Nos Pos, Ariz.