Buy Ethanol-Free Gas to Protect Your Engines and Save Money...
While we have always keep "lists" of stations that are committed to offering a non-ethanol fuel choice at their stations, the composition of fuel, (with or without alcohol), changes so frequently that we have never posted this information online.
As of this date, there are no laws to assure future availability of ethanol free fuels. Stations that prefer this fuel type often have no choice other than to switch to E10 when their disributor decides to only offer gas with up to 10% ethanol blended-in (E10). Protect your right to "fuel choice" at the pump by signing our petition.
Most newer automobiles can switch to E10 gas type with no problems other than a decrease in fuel efficiency (mpg). But for many other gas-powered engine types NON-ETHANOL fuel is required and/or the best fuel choice. Use of gas with alcohol often will cause unnecessary engine damage.
Aircraft, marine, high-performance and older engines have been hardest hit by the problems and damage gas with ethanol can cause. Always check your engine's owners manual and warranty statement for fuel recommendations. Over the years many manufacturers have issued warnings and precautions on "gasahol"...
-There are many reasons why most gas now sold contains ethanol -Some of the reasons may surprise you...
Ethanol is now added to all conventional gasoline types primarily to meet requirements stated in federal legislation over past 5-10 years including the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and Clean Air Act -More information can be found on our "ethanol history" and "politics/laws" pages.
In high pollution areas (included under the Clean Air Act for required oxygenation of fuel), when MTBE was banned most replaced it with ethanol alcohol.
Are there any benefits to adding ethanol to gas?
Whether or not ethanol actually decreases pollution or our dependency on foreign oil is a highly debatable topic due to the amount of fossil fuels (oil) necessary to make (distill) and transport ethanol. Government ethanol tax subsidies, credits and grants in combination with the political power and desire for higher profits for ethanol producers and distributors reinforce that ethanol may be more hype (scam) than beneficial.
Ethanol is a very effective antifreeze and fuel system cleaner which replaces need for additional gas additives - But few realize this and often still purchase unnecessary and contraindicated gas additives in hopes of curing the problems ethanol will cause, further increasing their risk for engine damage! Have you ever seen a warning on an alcohol-based gas additive that states "Do Not Use With E10 gasoline"...Of course not! One more example of how nobody is looking out for the public regarding use of ethanol-blends of fuel.
We believe the rapid transition to E10 blends over past couple of years is primarily due to selfish profit motives. There is no objective and factual evidence that ethanol decreases oil consumption or pollution. Based on the greater than 10% reduction in mpg so many engines experience from E10 fuel, we believe E10 actually increases oil consumption and oil & gas industry profits.
We strongly advise you to check gas for ethanol presence and percent to protect your engines since over-blending (above 10% legal maximum) and mis-labeling (E10 stickers on pump) is very common.
Consumers are rapidly losing their choice to ethanol-free fuel at neighborhood stations.
The widespread transition to E10 as a conventional fuel type in recent years has left many without the appropriate fuel type (without alcohol) recommended by their engine's manufacturer.
- Those who purchased gas with over 10% ethanol or used gasahol in an engine type not designed to tolerate alcohol, are well aware of the damage it can cause.
No laws exist that require gas stations to monitor the amount of ethanol added!
Most state inspectors do not even check ethanol content at the yearly station certification.
- Many fuel distributors no longer offer ethanol-free fuel "pure-gas" and when they do they usually charge 20 to 30 cents more per gallon.
Ethanol blending tax credits (up to 53 cents/gallon in some states) offer a profit motive for over-blending and sale of E10 & E15.
In certain locations illegal over-blending is rampant -E.G. 10% ethanol is blended in at the terminal and then the fuel distributor adds another 10% ethanol (result= E20 or higher) to profit from government tax credits.
- Low level ethanol blends are unstable due to rapid water contamination.
We strongly urge you to test percent ethanol of gasoline before purchase. Always report contaminated gas to gas station owner (corporate office) and the government office in your state that oversees gas quality (often the Dept. of Agriculture Division of Weights & Measures oversees gas quality).
Resources to help you locate gas stations and fuel-distributors that offer ethanol-free fuel:
Important: Read comments/tips below, especially #6 which states, ethanol-free station "internet lists are often out-dated and inaccurate...".
There are more than 162,000 gas stations in the USA. (Source, as per National Petroleum News July 2009 publication: http://www.api.org/aboutoilgas/sectors/marketing/#q2 In 2011 less than 10% of stations offer alcohol-free gas.
Protect your right to buy and choose ethanol-free - Sign petition.
1. pure-gas.orgis a site designed in 2009 by a private citizen who is "dedicated to one, simple task: to list the gas stations in the U.S. and Canada that serve ethanol-free gasoline".
The stations listed at Pure-Gas are submitted and updated by the general public. Although the owner of this site suggests testing gas at the pump to confirm fuel is alcohol-free, there is no requirement to validate fuel is actually without ethanol before posting on site.
A comprehensive easy-to-use and attractive site which devotes a separate page for each U.S. state and areas in Canada too. When we checked site in December 2011, pure-gas.org had 4500 pure gas stations listed and it seems the list is growing as more struggle to find and buy ethanol-free gasoline. View pure-gas state lists for Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, MORE STATES...
2. BuyRealGas.comis a website that lists state-by-state ethanol-free "real gas" stations in the U.S. This site has maps with interactive click-on icons that include station location and details. Similar to pure-gas, public is responsible to add and update station listings.
3. Pete Landry's Real Gas:Louisiana ethanol free gas locations, representing all 64 parishes of the state of LA. As of December 2011 948 stations listed. Mississippi to be added soon.
4. GasBuddy.com forums for your state or area: GasBuddy and GasPrices have forum threads posted by the public that list stations selling ethanol-free fuel. Forums are arranged by specific areas and towns -E.G. Areas: Albany, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Detroit, Memphis, Wichita, etc. Examples: http://www.tennesseegasprices.com/ -OR- http://gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/Tennessee/index.aspx -OR By County - http://gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/Tennessee/Anderson/index.aspx - OR By Town...Etc. Also view forums under category topic "All Things Ethanol".
A very educational government website that includesan easily printable list with both station/distributor name, county location and contact information. List partiularly useful for boaters in Oregon, includes many marinas. Visit: Main ethanol page: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/news/docs/EthanolList.pdf (Click on link for ethanol-free gas list). Now includes an interactive map for finding 91 premium octane ethanol free gasoline.
6. AIRCRAFT FUEL E-0 Mogaswww.flyunleaded.com lists airports that sell ethanol-free Mogas (aircraft fuel). They also have a list of E0 gasoline distributors who supply ethanol-free mogas. http://www.flyunleaded.com/airports.php and http://www.flyunleaded.com/distributors.php
7. Aviation Fuel Club - In the member comments section ethanol-free stations are listed. Link: http://www.aviationfuelclub.org/member_comments.phtml Also check-out information at General Aviation News for finding fuel... http://www.generalaviationnews.com/category/opinion/gafuels/
8. Clear Gas - California distributor of ethanol-free fuel (marine and aviation). http://cleargas.co/
9.Ethanol-Free Chattanooga: An ethanol-free gas website for the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, started by a student as a public service project in mid-2008. Visit: http://ethanolfreechatt.com/index.html
10.HVA Historic Vehicle Association: Includes map of ethanol free gas station locations - We rare uncertain how accurate and up-to-date this map is - 12/2011 - Awaiting response from website owner...http://www.historicvehicle.org/Commissions/Commissions/Legislative/Pure-Gas-Map
Check back often more resources will be added. ALWAYS test fuel to confirm alcohol-free.
Who wants or needs E0 pure-gas? View FUEL CHOICE petition results.
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IMPORTANT TIPS/ADVICE - How to Find Ethanol-Free Gas:
Fuel-Testers Comments: The most important advice/tips we can offer to help you locate ethanol-free gasoline stations is for you to be aware that ethanol is added into gas locally (not at the refinery) and therefore:
1. Gas composition (with or without ethanol) changes quickly, sometimes as often as every few days or daily;
2. Availability to non-ethanol gas is dependent on whether or not it is availble from local fuel distributors and refineries;
3.Calling your local fuel distributors (oil and gas companies) is often the quickest way to find an ethanol-free pump - If they all are not offering gas without ethanol in your area, it will be very difficult to find;
4.Station E10 pump labels are very unreliable - E10 sticker that states "May contain up to 10% ethanol" is meaningless - Gas may NOT contain ethanol, gas may contain above 10% (illegal overblending), gas may contain 5, 8, 10, 12 or just about any percent -Fuel composition changes with each (daily) delivery.
5.Lists found on the internet are often out-dated and inaccurate; Always test gas with QCS to confirm free of ethanol;
6. Staion owners and employees rarely confirm/check gas to assure fuel delivered is actually without ethanol;
7. No stations can/will guarantee future availability to ethanol-free fuel;
8. Stations are rapidly switching to fuel types that contain ethanol - A profit motive exists to sell E10 due to ethanol blending tax credits earned and other government subsidized financial incentives;
9. Private stations (E.G. Marinas & Airports) do not usually follow the same ethanol pump labeling laws -They may or may not place E10 sticker on pump;
10.The only 100% accurate method to confirm gas does not contain ethanol is to test a sample at the pump.
This new resource page was added to our Fuel-Testers company website(s) in November 2010 to assist our customers (and the public) to locate the dwindling number of gas pumps that still offer gasoline without ethanol - Last update December 2011.
Please contact us to add your list of ethanol-free gas stations to this page. (678) 935-1998.
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