Feds require label for E15 gasoline


Gas pumps dispensing fuel that contains 15 percent ethanol must sport orange labels alerting drivers to its contents and potential for damaging older vehicles, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has announced..

The label warns against using the fuel in vehicles older than 2001 models and in motorcycles and boats. The new rule comes several months after the regulatory agency approved sale of e15 at pumps, against the protests of oil refiners.

Currently, most gasoline is 10 percent ethanol.

The labels are meant to prevent drivers from using a gasoline blend that could cause problems for certain vehicle engines.

Calling the move “woefully inadequate,” Charles Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association said the rule won’t prevent driver confusion.

“The rule is a terrible miscalculation and terrible news for millions of Americans who will inevitably face costly repair bills after misfueling their cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles and outdoor power equipment with gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol,” he said in a written statement.

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17 Responses

  1. David says:

    “… said the rule won’t prevent driver confusion.”

    Because I’m too stupid to read? Look, in all the years I’ve owned my car, I’ve managed to avoid doing the following things:

    – Putting diesel fuel in the gas tank.
    – Putting the wrong motor oil in the engine.
    – Putting honey in the brake fluid reservoir.

    All because I have this remarkable ability to read. I think I’ll be able to avoid putting E15 in my gas tank.

  2. chiefdecoy says:

    Feds must also require that auto manufacturers honor the warranties to the millions of consumers who will undoubtedly face warranty issues…..

  3. john says:

    It is a way to get rid of those enngines. Al Gore wanted to outlaw leaf blowers and what better way to go green than gum up an engine with disolved fuel lines. Buy electric right? Corn lobby? I know this can’t be happening because its the right thing to do. We almost never do that anymore.

  4. TransAmer99 says:

    Not to mention the cost to service stations for adding or refitting pumps and tanks. Which fuel will they stop offering – regular, midgrade, premium, E-85 or diesel? NPRA is correct – after a while, the consumer faces a bewildering array of choices. Some of which can cause substantial and expensive consequences.

  5. lil ol me says:

    simply boycott sellers who peddle this junk.

  6. MichaelHenley says:

    They are feeding us a big line about how safe this stuff is in late model cars. I own a 2010 Mazda and the manual says that the warranty will NOT cover damage if any fuel containing more than TEN PERCENT ethanol is used.
    Also, your gas mileage will go down some more. Ethanol just does not have the same energy per unit volume that gasoline does, and costs more to produce. Some solution to the energy problem, huh? Bend over, folks.

  7. Greg Jones says:

    This is going to work great just like the Terrorist Threat Level. Gasoline currently Threat Level Orange.

  8. Commrade_Leftist says:

    Well I would %$#*& hope so! That way I’ll make sure I don’t put that sh,sh,sh,sh,sh… stuff in my car.

  9. Tom says:

    Education about ethanol added to fuels needs to be a priority. Ethanol is not compatible with older style gaskets, o-rings and such in motors that can be very costly to consumers to have repaired. Ethanol also absorbs water from the atmosphere that it is in and causes many issues. Always use a stabilizer in fuel if it is not all going to be used within about a week especially if you live in an area where the tempuratures vary greatly from night to day as it promotes condensation. It is wise to just use the stabiler all the time just to be careful. Using stabilizer does not stop getting water in the fuel already in the fuel tanks where you buy fuel. There needs to be treatment of the fuel prior to leaving the facility where it was made, that would offset many issues from the get go.

  10. firewalker says:

    This is exactly what the ObamaNation wants……ruin your car and now you will have too purchase a New GREEN CAR at 40-50 thousand….money to be made for his friends.

  11. Godiva55 says:

    Feds require a lot of garbage.

    BUTT OUT, Feds.

  12. Skeep says:

    I thought the fed was supposed to protect the public. Instead they cater to the few at the expense of the many. Our government is not our friend anymore. What is going on????

  13. No Name says:

    I’d like to have the option to purchase E0 gasoline.

  14. Zilch says:

    No Ethanol !!

  15. adam says:

    So why is it even being introduced in the first place? Does it have any performance advantages over regular gas? Didn’t they learn that E85 didn’t work? Will anyone buy this stuff?

    It would be like trying to sell a car that will only make right turns when you can have a car that makes left and right turns for the same price.

  16. mike says:

    When are the feds going to understand that turning food into fuel is bad for the consumer? Sure, these corn farmers love the subsidies they get, but meanwhile we pay more for almost everything at the grocery store. This ignorance doesn’t just impact cereals and other grain products. It also drives up the cost of meat, milk, and many other foods.
    The people who feel this the most are the poor and those on fixed incomes. I thought the dems were the party of the people. So why do they want grandma to starve?

  17. Todd says:

    Free Country?
    Then I would like to be able to choose which gas I put in my car.
    I would not mind paying more for gasoline without ethanol.

    It does not make sense to subsidize the production of ethanol and force consumers to use this in their cars. Ethanol provides less energy compared to petroleum based gasoline so your mileage and horsepower suffers, the result is that you need to buy more gasoline.
    Use corn for corn flakes or tortillas please.
    I totally agree with the NPRA.