Although it has been granted Environmental Protection Agency approval, the Kansas Petroleum Council has issued a warning over the use of E15 fuel by motorists.
Last Thursday, the council issued a statement declaring that E15 which contains 15 percent ethanol, and now available for sale in the state, “could damage vehicle engines.”
KPC’s director, Ken Peterson, said in reference to a three-year study conducted by both the automobile and oil industries, that “we need to press the pause button on EPA’s rush to allow higher amounts of ethanol in our gasoline,” said Ken Peterson, director of the Kansas Petroleum Council. “The new fuel could lead to engine damage in more than 5 million vehicles on the road today and could void the manufacturer’s warranty.”
The three year study conducted by the oil and auto industries concluded that using E15 could cause damage to engine and fuel system components and void manufacturer warranties even though the EPA has granted the fuel’s approval for use in 2001 and newer model year vehicles.
Kansas is currently the only state where Ethanol 15 is available and the only station that currently sells it, requires purchases to buy at least four-gallons per pump visit in order to prevent filling up for small engines used in implements such as lawn mowers, chainsaws and garden tractors which aren’t E15 compatible.
“Our first priority should be protecting consumers and the investments they’ve made in their automobiles,” remarked Peterson. “EPA has an obligation to base this decision on science and not on a political agenda.”