Press Release - For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Department of Agriculture Fuel and Measures Division Responds to Hurricane Irma Aftermath
Atlanta - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) Fuel and Measures division will be testing fuel in stations around the state to ensure quality. Inspectors will be pulled from their regularly scheduled duties in order to check gas stations throughout the state for water and other contaminants.
“We are proud of our staff for their efforts before and after the storm in protecting industry and our driving public, “Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said. “They have been continually communicating with the stations regarding the risk of fuel contamination and are now putting boots on the ground to help mitigate that risk to consumers.”
Thus far, inspectors have found sporadic issues and have shut down pumps in Bibb, Camden, Cobb, Fulton, Henry, Jenkins, Lamar, Lowndes, Peach and Upson counties due to water contamination directly related to Hurricane Irma. GDA is working diligently with these stations to assist them in getting back to normal operations.
“We are currently using all of our resources to monitor fuel supplies and proactively look for water contamination problems in order to assist both industry and consumer,” Fuel and Measures Division Director Rich Lewis said. “Although we understand that many are facing fuel challenges, it is important to note that there are still many stations throughout Georgia without power and fuel.”
Gasoline is typically stored in underground tanks at service stations. Heavy rainfall can increase the likelihood of water leaching into the holding tanks and contaminating fuel which can damage critical components of a vehicles engine. If you suspect any issues with your fuel supply, please call the Fuel and Measure division at 1-800-282-5852 toll-free from any area in Georgia.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.