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LEADERS OF MICHIGAN'S WHOLESALE GASOLINE INDUSTRY COMMENT ON ALLEGATIONS OF CRIMINAL OCTANE CHEATING

LEADERS OF MICHIGAN'S WHOLESALE GASOLINE INDUSTRY COMMENT ON ALLEGATIONS
 OF CRIMINAL OCTANE CHEATING
 LANSING, Mich., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders of Michigan's wholesale gasoline industry said today they are "shocked and dismayed" at allegations of criminal octane cheating by a handful of Michigan gasoline distributors.
 James Krueger, president of the Michigan Petroleum Association (MPA), said his group has cooperated fully with the state attorney general, Department of Treasury and Department of Agriculture in efforts to identify and eliminate those who are guilty of dishonest gasoline labeling and accompanying tax fraud.
 "It's only a tiny handful of the operators in Michigan who are responsible for this. The rest of us -- the honest independent wholesale distributors -- find no excuse for deliberately misrepresenting the octane rating of gasoline," Krueger said. "That's consumer fraud, and there's no room for consumer fraud in our industry."
 Anthony Randall, MPA executive director, said his association, in cooperation with state agencies, is examining ways gasoline distributors might better self-regulate their industry.
 "Clearly it is to our advantage, and the state's, to stop octane fraud," he said. "Just as clearly, our membership has no desire to share the marketplace with dishonest distributors. We are looking at ways in which we might develop our own comprehensive quality assurance program for the industry."
 The Michigan Petroleum Association represents approximately 325 independent gasoline distributors and retailers. A primary role served by MPA members is maintaining a competitive retail marketplace, thus helping to hold down gasoline prices.
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 /CONTACT: Anthony Randall of the Michigan Petroleum Association, 517-487-9139/ CO: Michigan Petroleum Association ST: Michigan IN: OIL SU:


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