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Where can I buy gasoline with no ethanol in it?

Judy Royal
StarNews

Ethanol, a biofuel made from corn, has been increasingly creeping into gas pumps in this part of the country since 2008. Blending it with gasoline is a way to combat high gas prices and make powering vehicles more environmentally friendly. But there have been many complaints about the tendency of a gas-ethanol blend to separate over time, which can cause problems in boats and motorcycles because they are not driven as frequently as cars. The blends also reduce gas mileage because ethanol contains one-third less energy than gasoline.

The most common blend of ethanol is E10, which is about 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol by volume. All modern nondiesel cars are certified to run on a blend of up to 10 percent.

If you want to stay away from the blends entirely, you may face some difficulties. North Carolina did away with labeling requirements on pumps carrying ethanol blends in 2002.

Bill Witherspoon of the N.C. Petroleum Council and Tom Crosby of AAA Carolinas both said their agencies are not set up to track that kind of data.

Witherspoon offered this explanation: “It’s going to depend entirely on the retailer and whether he accepts unblended product from his supplier or whether he buys it blended. Some retailers because of their contract may not have that choice. Others clearly do have that choice. Those that have the choice have over the last year or so clearly gone back and forth, offering in one truckload a blended product and then choosing not to put ethanol in the next load. It really is a variable out there on the market.”

The best way to find out about what’s in a retailers gas pumps is to ask. If you know of any stations that sell pure gasoline, please post the information below.

2013 UPDATE: Pure-Gas.org maintains a list of stations that sell ethanol-free gasoline, including several in the Wilmington area. MyReporter cannot vouch for the accuracy of this list.

N.C. House Bill 187 was signed into law in 2011, requiring that labels be placed on gas pumps indicating whether the gas has greater or less than 10 percent ethanol. According to Fuel-Testers.com, the N.C. law is not enforced.

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12 Responses to “ Where can I buy gasoline with no ethanol in it?”

  1. On July 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm Truth wrote:

    Ethanol is the worse choice to fuel additives. It has been banned in Europe because of the emissions are much worse than gasoline only emissions. The only reason we use it is because of the corn subsidies in this state. And on another note. Every transporter/tanker carrier had to replace all the seals in there tankers and fuel lines because the ethanol was eating away,drying them out. So, what is that doing to your classic car, motorcycle or boat fuel lines and seals? Not a good choice for you, the enviroment and another example of govt waste.

  2. On August 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm Larry Ward wrote:

    Discount stations in the Wilmington area like Go Gas are costing boaters thousands in repairs due to their failure to control the levels of of Ethanol. Recently levels higher that 50% Ethanol have been found in samples taken by NC Aguculture Fuels Department.

  3. On October 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm drunkhabib wrote:

    no ethanol in gas at bp station exit 49a on i-77 in statesville nc

  4. On February 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm Dennis Mihale wrote:

    The Title of this Article is “Where Can I buy gasoline with no ethanol.” At the end of the article everything except this question was discussed. If the author did not have the answer why post this.

  5. On February 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm Vaughn Hagerty wrote:

    While we understand your frustration, Dennis, as the article points out, the state did away with labeling, so there’s no way short of polling every gas station to determine a specific answer. Regardless, we wanted to provide some information and an explanation as to why we couldn’t specifically answer it and some advice for how to find out: Ask the station operator.

  6. On February 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm Judy Royal wrote:

    After posting this I did run across one place, the Wayne’s Towing Exxon near Independence Mall at the corner of Independence Boulevard and Oleander Drive, that has a sign saying its gas does not contain ethanol. From what I have heard in online forums, most marinas also sell ethanol-free gasoline.

    I also have seen a sticker or two letting motorists know “This unit may dispense E-10 product,” most memorably at the Crown station on Eastwood Road and Racine Drive.

    You may find this forum helpful:

    http://www.thehulltruth.com/carolinas/237438-ethanol-free-gas-stations.html

    Thanks for your interest.

  7. On March 12, 2010 at 9:07 am Jerry Barefoot wrote:

    “Worms and Coffee” located at the intersection of Hwy 211 and Midway Road in Brunswick County has a sign on the front of the store stating their gas contains “NO” ethanol. Last week their price was about 8 cents higher per gallon than gas in Shallotte.

  8. On November 8, 2010 at 11:33 am Scott wrote:

    There is a station on Hwy 117 in Castle Hayne that sell’s gas with no ethanol. It is next to Castle Hayne Baptist Church.

  9. On February 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm David wrote:

    The station at the corner of Oleander and Independence no longer sells pure gasoline. I stopped in and asked, and he said they sell E-10. It appears they are no longer affiliated with Exxon also.

  10. On February 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm William wrote:

    Judy’s immediate premise is flawed. “…is a way to combat high gas prices and make powering vehicles more environmentally friendly.” It actually does the opposite on both counts. Many cars get 15% less mileage with 10% ethanol, meaning they actually use MORE oil to go the same distance. Drivers need miles, but it is sold as gallons. Ethanol changes the conversion equation from gallons to miles, but they do not put that on the pumps. Some used to think that ethanol produced less CO2 for a given energy of combustion, but then they studied the entire product chain, and discovered that corn uses a lot of fertilizer which must be manufactured, a lot of cleaned water in the ethanol factories, and a fair amount of transportation. The net result is that it actually produces more CO2 than it saves. Then include the lowering efficiency of combustion for many cars (15% loss in mpg for 10% ethanol) and the claim of “environmentally friendly” is dead. Has anyone noticed the prices of food creeping up too? As more corn is diverted to fuel, less land is available for food, making prices increase over time (crops are interchangeable at the large scale in the medium run). At the current trends of increasing ethanol fuel and world population, we could be faced with a moral dilemma someday, fill up the truck or let someone in India eat for the month. There may not be enough farmland to do both.

    It is very hard to find uncontaminated gasoline these days. The best we can do is to let our elected officials know of our outrage. Write to them and demand an end to the ethanol subsidies and mandates.

  11. On May 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm guest wrote:

    An update to this would be nice.
    I am also interested in finding ethanol free gas.

  12. On May 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm Judy Royal wrote:

    Masonboro Country Store on Masonboro Loop Road is the only place not mentioned above that I have seen ethanol-free gas lately.



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