Drivers facing thousands in car repairs after filling up with contaminated gasoline

Issues stem from a station near the Oregon border
Posted at 5:03 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 11:52:46-04

A California man is stuck in Boise after claiming a routine gas fill is now costing him more than $1,100 in repair costs.

David Henneman, his wife and two dogs were on the final stretch of their more than 600 mile drive to Boise when they stopped to fill up at a Shell station in Jordan Valley, Oregon.

Everything seemed normal until they arrived into the Treasure Valley.

“We got here to Boise and my truck was acting up and soon became disabled,” Henneman said.

Henneman had his Toyota truck towed to a nearby dealership to have a mechanic check things out. According to the dealership, the issue was contaminated gasoline.

“They seemed to think that the gas was improperly mixed and had too much ethanol in it,” Henneman explained.

It’s not just Henneman either. The repair shop manager explained they've had at least four vehicles come in with the same issue. All drivers that stopped to fill up in Jordan Valley.

A representative with Shell said they were notified about the issue early this week and immediately stopped sales of the impacted product.

The gas station owner, Jim Zatica, is furious as well, saying this whole mix up could cost him more than $30,000.

The station halted sales of regular unleaded gasoline and is currently only pumping premium, while crews pump out thousands of gallons of bad gas.

Shell says they are working to resolve the issue and apologized for the inconvenience it may have caused any drivers.

For Henneman, his vacation became a whole lot more expensive with no guarantees of reimbursement.

“It would be nice to have some sort of reparations for my time and inconvenience but I don’t know if that’s going to happen," he said.

If you've experienced similar issues in the area, Shell wants to hear from you at (541) 586-2244.

UPDATE: The number above is wrong and 6 On Your Side has made several attempts to a Shell representative to find out why the number is incorrect.