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MOBIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON OCTANE TESTING IN NEW YORK STATE

 MOBIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON OCTANE TESTING IN NEW YORK STATE
 FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation (NYSE: MOB) said today it has been told by New York State that a number of gasoline samples the state took from Mobil service station gasoline pumps recorded octane numbers lower than octane numbers posted at the pumps.
 At the same time, the company said, over 60 percent of the state's own samples taken from Mobil pumps, in the period of last September through November, actually tested above the octane number posted at the pump.
 In all cases, Mobil said, the gasoline released from its refineries met the posted octane numbers.
 Mobil representatives have met with John Bartfai, state commissioner of weights and measures, whose department conducted the tests, to discuss the state's octane testing program. The tests at Mobil stations were part of a state-wide program begun last September to test all brands.
 Mobil said: "We strongly support the state's efforts to ensure that motorists receive the octane posted at the pump, but we have raised concerns with the state about its octane testing guidelines and the accuracy of its tests.
 "It is directly in our business interest to see a strong enforcement program that clamps down on anyone in this business who sells gasoline that's not what it's claimed to be. We test all our gasoline for octane before it leaves the refinery gate. Our standards are strict; no gasoline that tests below posted octane specifications is released. We also conduct periodic monitoring at our terminals.
 "However, the testing procedure for octane is inexact. The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) (see note), the industry group responsible for setting test standards, recognizes that test results can vary by as much as 0.7 octane units. New York State, however, allows a variability of only 0.5 or 0.3 octane units, depending on gasoline grade. The state guidelines are impossible to meet consistently, given current octane testing capabilities, and we believe they will unfairly penalize reputable suppliers of gasoline.
 "We will continue to work with the state to ensure that consumers receive the quality auto fuels they are paying for. At the same time, we believe the state should revise its octane testing guidelines to more accurately reflect the variability of testing technology."
 (Note: The ASTM is a professional group whose test standards are widely accepted by various industries and government bodies. In fact, ASTM standards are specified in the New York State law on octane testing.)
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 /CONTACT: John Lord, 703-846-2500, or weekends, Mark Cohen, 215-889-7521, both of Mobil/
 (MOB) CO: Mobil Corporation ST: New York, Virginia IN: OIL SU:


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