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Commerce Commissioner urges gas station owners and petroleum distributors to step up security

Contaminated diesel in Saint Cloud isolated incident, Commerce continues to monitor situation

August 27, 2013


For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce received notice Tuesday that #2 diesel gasoline at First Fuel Banks in Saint Cloud had been tampered with and contaminated sometime between August 16 and August 20.  As a precautionary measure, Commissioner Mike Rothman urged gas stations across the state to step up security by securing their tanks with locks and keep tanks under video surveillance.

“The Commerce Department is working with the Saint Cloud Police Department to closely monitor this single incident – and gas station owners should be vigilant in their own security measures as well,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.  “Our Weights and Measures Division worked quickly to identify affected consumers and will continually monitor the situation as required to assist in this open investigation.”

The Commerce Department Weights and Measures Division quickly launched its investigation, verifying that First Fuel Banks had notified affected customers and worked with them to replace any contaminated fuel and repair any affected equipment.  The Department has confirmed that the contaminated fuel has been removed from sale and all of the affected tanks that housed the fuel have been cleaned.  Ongoing investigation and fuel testing will continue as needed.

The Saint Cloud Police Department is investigating and seeking the public’s help in solving the case.  Customers who purchased #2 diesel anytime between August 16 to 11:00 am on August 20, 2013 from either location of First Fuel Banks are urged to contact the Commerce Department’s Weights and Measures Division or the Saint Cloud Police Department.

First Fuel Banks Locations:

  • 625 SE Lincoln in Saint Cloud  
  • 15th and Division in Waite Park

First Fuel Banks’ business is focused mainly on larger fleets, rather than individual customers.  At this time, the contamination related to First Fuel Banks is reported to be an isolated incident.  Gas station owners and petroleum distributors are reminded to be vigilant in protecting their supply.

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Minnesota consumers with questions or concerns should contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Weights and Measures Division at (651) 539-1555. Visit our website to find out more about Minnesota’s Weights and Measures Division visit.