Updated Sept. 4, 2012 – 7:50 p.m.

A Forest Park gas station at 7204 W. Washington is among the BP gas stations that may have sold tainted gasoline for two weeks in August. On Aug. 29, BP released a list of gas stations that sold “off-specification” gasoline produced at the Whiting, Ind. refinery.

According to BP, each site was ordered to immediately stop selling the tainted petrol, clean out tanks and dispose of the fuel.

All three grades of gasoline may have been affected, according to the BP press release.

If your car experienced hard starting, rough idling or stalling, or other “drivability issues” after purchasing gas at the Forest Park BP, have your car towed to a repair shop to be checked out and call 1-800-333-3991 or 1-800-599-9040 to make a claim, the release states.

Scott Posson, at Forest Automotive on Desplaines Ave. says his shop has seen two vehicles that wouldn’t start after filling up on tainted BP fuel.

“We had to drain the fuel tank, flush the line, put in a new fuel filter and additive,” Posson said. “It’s costing between $200 and $400 dollars per car.”

Posson said BP provided a rental car for his repair customer. “[BP is] pretty good about taking care of people.” The company provides a claim number and mechanics submit estimates to BP. “It’s similar to an extended warranty process,” said Posson.

So far, the company has received almost 10,000 claims for damaged caused by problems in the refinery’s alkylation unit, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The list of gas stations that were selling the tainted gas can be found here:


Neighboring stations also affected

Three BP stations in Oak Park and one in Berwyn were also identified as places where the tainted gas was sold.

  • 203 Madison
  • 6119 North Ave.
  • 727 N. Harlem Ave.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...