QuikTrip, owner of many gasoline stations in the Midwest and Southwest told KRMG-TV it will not sell E15 gasoline, or gasoline which contains up to 15% ethanol.
QuikTrip is known for high quality gasoline that is guaranteed, selling at hundreds of locations boasting one of the best quality guarantees in the industry. It is apparent that QT executives don't think they can stand behind their guarantee- a cornerstone of their business- without testing it independently to make sure it will work in motorists vehicles and their fuel dispensers, according to the KOTV report.
This comes on the heels of two legislators that recently introduced the "Leave Ethanol Volumes at Existing Levels Act", saying it will "allow for a pause before EPA hastily approves any further ethanol in fuel." Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said there’s a need for more studies and assurances that the increase from E10 to E15 will be safe.
Burgess also questioned why the U.S. DOE conducted the E15 studies rather than EPA. "Does EPA not employ its own scientists and experts," he asked. "Is EPA’s position that it is incapable of doing its own research?"
On Jan. 21, the same day the EPA expanded its initial waiver from model year 2001 to present, Burgess sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He asked for the full results of the DOE testing and referred to the "speed at which EPA is moving to approve E15 and introduce it into the gasoline market."
And in Illinois, don't look for any of the state's 4,500 gas stations to offer E15 anytime soon either, added a report by The Peoria Journal Star.
"My guess is that it's several years away. We're not against it, but we won't do it until we can do it right," David Sykuta, executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council, told the newspaper.
"The [latest EPA] decision greenlights the use of E15 for nearly two out of every three cars on the road today and further proves ethanol is a safe, effective fuel choice for American drivers," Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), told the paper.
Sykuta called the EPA's E15 pronouncement "more about politics than reality."
"Right now, there are no standards for pumping E15. Until there are standards, you won't see this," he said, noting that groups such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) often take years to establish fueling standards.
"You're talking about two or three different kinds of fuel dispensed at every gas station based on the age of the car. That's not going to work," said Sykuta, noting that station operators are concerned about possible misfueling problems.