CHICAGO — City inspectors have found another Far Southwest Side gas station selling watered-down gasoline, the second discovery in as many days, according to Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th).
Most recently, the Shell gas station at 9955 S. Western Ave. in Beverly was found selling contaminated gas, the alderman said in an email to constituents Thursday.
The discovery comes a day after a Mt. Greenwood gas station was found selling watered-down gasoline for an undetermined amount of time, O'Shea said.
O'Shea said his office on Wednesday received a complaint about the Citgo and Shell stations. Inspectors with the city's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection looked into the problem that day, he said.
At the Mt. Greenwood gas station, inspectors found that the underground fuel storage tanks had more than four inches of water, O'Shea said on his Facebook page. An undetermined amount of water was found in the Beverly station's unleaded and mid-grade tanks.
The Shell can only sell premium gas at this time, as the eight other pumps were flagged. The station must pay a fine on each pump and face an inspection before they can be operated, O'Shea said.
Six pumps at the gas station across from Mt. Greenwood Park were red tagged, O'Shea said. The business owner will pay a fine on each of the pumps that can run between $50-$2,000 per pump, the alderman said.
Calls to the Mt. Greenwood business were not returned Wednesday night. An employee at the Shell in Beverly declined comment.
O'Shea said the person who brought this to his office's attention experienced car trouble "almost immediately" after filling up. He said those with car trouble possibly due to watered-down gasoline should notify his office and work to find a solution with the station.
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