LDAF confirms water found in gas from Circle K at Youree Drive and Southfield Road

Some pumps bagged and tagged at Circle K at Youree Drive and Southfield Road
Some of the gas pumps are bagged and tagged March 24, 2022, at the Circle K at Youree Drive at...
Some of the gas pumps are bagged and tagged March 24, 2022, at the Circle K at Youree Drive at Southfield Road in Shreveport.(Source: Jade Myers/KSLA News 12)
Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 3:52 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 25, 2022 at 10:37 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — There are some concerns over possibly tainted gasoline in the ArkLaTex.

Many are talking about the potential problem on social media. One post claims cars wouldn’t start after putting fuel in their vehicles at a station in Shreveport.

While KSLA News 12′s Jade Myers was there Thursday, March 24, the store at Youree Drive and Southfield Road seemed to be operational.

However, the pumps were not. Almost every pump had an inspection tag from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF), along with an “out of service” bag. Myers spoke with an LDAF worker there, who said red inspection tags usually indicate possible contamination.

On Friday, March 25, LDAF confirmed water was found in the gas samples taken from the gas station, and that the station won’t be in full operation until they receive clean samples from the nozzles with no traces of water in the gasoline.

Head Mechanic at Z’s Fairfield Automotives, John Moore, shared what to look for if you suspect contaminated gas in your car.

“It’ll start running bad, there will be lack of power to accelerate. That’ll be the first signs. As soon as they leave a gas station, all of the sudden their car is running different. It doesn’t have the power it should have, kind of jerking a little bit, stuff like that,” he said.

Moore said it can be costly to repair cars with contaminated fuel.

“It can get very expensive. Some fuel injectors can range from $100-$300 a piece. Some cars have eight of them. It can cause damage to the fuel pumps. Those can range around $500 a piece, not to mention the labor for changing them out.”

Triple A Spokesperson Don Redman said you should always keep proof of every fuel purchase.

“The first thing you want to do it reach out to that service station that you went to and see if they’ve had other complaints. Hopefully, you’ll have a receipt,” he said.

KSLA reached out to the Youree gas station several times to see when pumps will be turned back on. We have not received a reply from the gas station.

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