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Boat Owners in US Sue ‘Big Oil’

Boat Owners in US Sue
‘Big Oil’

Boat
owners in California are taking legal action against major oil companies
that sell ethanol-blended fuel. Attorneys representing the owners say
that the fuel has caused serious damage to the fuel tanks or engines aboard
many fibreglass boats.

"Selling
gasoline that dissolves gas tanks is a new low, even for the oil companies,"
said Brian Kabateck, managing partner of Kabateck, Brown Kellner, who
is the lead attorney on the case. The class action lawsuit names Big West,
BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell, Tesoro, Tower Energy,
PetroDiamond, and Valero.

The
lawsuit claims that ethanol not only dissolves the resin used to bind
fibreglass threads together, causing fuel tanks to leak, but that the
dissolved resin damages fuel systems and engines. Thanks to Motor boats
monthly for the story.