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Miami Herald: Shell, Texaco clients seek refunds

FROM OUR AUGUST 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE…

Miami Herald: Shell, Texaco clients seek refunds

“faulty fuel sold by Shell”: “said it has received about 70,000 claims: “figure will easily run into the tens of millions of dollars.”; About 70,000 claims have been filed due to the fuel-quality problem that shut down Shell and Texaco stations in May, but as many as 500,000 people could be affected.; all supplied with the substandard fuel from a Port Everglades terminal operated by Motiva Enterprises

BY PATRICK DANNER

[email protected]

Posted on Thu, Aug. 12, 2004

Some 25,000 Floridians have sought reimbursement for damage to their automobiles that they claim was caused by faulty fuel sold by Shell and Texaco gas stations, Shell Oil Products disclosed.

The fuel-quality fiasco that shut down Shell and Texaco stations over the Memorial Day weekend impacted other companies as well. BP, ConocoPhillips, Colonial Oil and Valero Energy Corp. were all supplied with the substandard fuel from a Port Everglades terminal operated by Motiva Enterprises, a refiner partially owned by Shell, a Shell spokesman said. Those companies, however, reported few — if any — complaints from customers. read more

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Shell wonder fuels: Shell Canada settles Quebec tainted gas class-action suit

FROM OUR JULY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE…

Shell Canada settled a class-action lawsuit in Quebec over a gasoline additive that caused fuel systems and gas gauges to malfunction. The company said it can’t estimate the cost yet, but some reports put the figure at $100-million.

National Post: Shell Canada settles Quebec class-action suit

Bloomberg News

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Shell Canada settled a class-action lawsuit in Quebec over a gasoline additive that caused fuel systems and gas gauges to malfunction.

The company said it can’t estimate the cost yet, but some reports put the figure at $100-million.

Residents of Quebec have until Nov. 5 to file a claim against Shell Canada and may qualify for one of three levels of compensation, company spokeswoman Sonia Larin said.

Most motorists will receive between $20 and $550, Shell Canada says. Some will get more if they incurred expenses such as towing, accommodation and repairs, Ms. Larin said. The cost to Shell will depend on how compensation is paid out, Ms. Larin said. read more

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Tainted Gas Leads To Class-Action Suit: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Shell Oil

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According to a release from the lawyers who filed the suit, the “class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Florida’s consumers against Shell and others as a result of the sale of Shell’s tainted gasoline containing dangerously high levels of sulfur. The gasoline has already damaged the fuel gauges of thousands of automobiles… The $75,000 suit names Shell Oil Co., Shell Oil Products and Motiva Enterprises.

Local10.com: Tainted Gas Leads To Class-Action Suit: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Shell Oil

Posted 2 June 2004

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Shell Oil Co. in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

The $75,000 suit names Shell Oil Co., Shell Oil Products and Motiva Enterprises. The dollar amount was set so that the suit could be filed in federal court, but the actual dollar amount is expected to be much higher.

According to a release from the lawyers who filed the suit, the “class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Florida’s consumers against Shell and others as a result of the sale of Shell’s tainted gasoline containing dangerously high levels of sulfur. The gasoline has already damaged the fuel gauges of thousands of automobiles, and experts fear that unknown future damages to engine component may result from the use of the tainted fuel.”
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Another Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Shell Over Tainted Gas

nbc6.net: Another Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Shell Over Tainted Gas

Posted 9 June 2004

MIAMI, Fla. — Another day, another lawsuit for Shell Oil. Their gasoline was tainted with elevated sulfur levels and has damaged thousands of cars. The bad gas is gone — but blame is still going around. An attorney is seeking up to $100 million dollars, saying Shell isn’t doing enough to reimburse the real costs of bad gas.

It’s been three weeks since Myriam Valle filled up her Lincoln Town Car at a Miami Shell station. In fact, she still has the receipt. Ever since, her gas gauge has read “full.” read more

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Miami Drivers Sue Shell, Refiner Over High-Sulfur Gas

The Wall Street Journal: Miami Drivers Sue Shell, Refiner Over High-Sulfur Gas

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

June 8, 2004 4:47 p.m.

Posted 9 June 04

MIAMI (AP)–Lawyers for motorists with broken gas gauges will seek more than $100 million in damages from Shell and its refiner Motiva Enterprises for repairs, insurance claims and lost time blamed on high-sulfur gasoline pumped in May.

The Florida Circuit Court suit estimates 1 million vehicle owners pumped defective gas supplied by the Shell-owned refinery before Shell and ChevronTexaco Corp.’s (CVX) Texaco shut down about 400 stations just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. read more

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Miami Herald Tribune: Station owners facing losses in sales

Miami Herald Tribune: Station owners facing losses in sales

BY PATRICK DANNER

[email protected]

Posted on Sun, Jun. 06, 2004

While some Shell and Texaco dealers’ fuel sales have returned to normal levels, others claim sales are still off.

The pumps are back on at South Florida Shell and Texaco outlets, but station operators are still feeling the pain from a holiday weekend with no sales.

Fuel-quality problems forced Shell and Texaco station operators to suspend sales anywhere from 1 ½ to four days beginning May 28, putting a huge crimp in station revenues over one of the busiest times of the year for gas retailers. read more

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Attorneys contest gas-gauge Shell ‘restrictions’

Sun-Sentinel.com: Attorneys contest gas-gauge Shell ‘restrictions’

By Michael Turnbell

Transportation Writer

Posted June 4 2004

Attorneys sought a court order Thursday asking a federal judge to stop Shell Oil Co. from requiring consumers to sign away their rights when filing claims to fix fuel gauges damaged by tainted gasoline.

Fort Lauderdale lawyer David Scott said Shell imposed “burdensome restrictions” on consumers by requiring them to sign releases and have their vehicles “undergo limited automotive inspections” in order to be reimbursed. read more

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Shell shells out for tainted gas: Canadians denied help for problem

FROM OUR ARCHIVES…

Toronto Star: Shell shells out for tainted gas: Canadians denied help for problem

TONY VAN ALPHEN

BUSINESS REPORTER

Jun. 4, 2004.

Sulphur harms gas gauges in Florida

Oil giant Shell is reimbursing motorists in Florida for fuel gauge repairs made necessary by contaminated gasoline, something its Canadian subsidiary wouldn’t do here last year.

An official for Shell Oil’s refiner in the United States has confirmed it will start sending cheques today to customers who complained about faulty gauges after buying gas containing corrosive elemental sulphur from the company and Texaco. read more

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Drivers Suing Shell, Texaco, Refinery Over Bad Gas

TheBostonChannel.com: Drivers Suing Shell, Texaco, Refinery Over Bad Gas

Posted 4 June, 2004

Lawsuit Claims High-Sulfur Gas Ruined Gas Gauges

MIRAMAR, Fla. — Two drivers are suing Shell Oil, Texaco and a refinery, claiming the gas gauges on their cars were damaged by high-sulfur gas.

The class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday could come to represent thousands of motorists in south Florida who are furious over the prospect of facing high repair bills. Named in the lawsuit are Shell, its subsidiary, Texaco, and Motiva Enterprises, a Louisiana-based refinery. Observers say the legal action could soon come to represent thousands of motorists. read more

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Shell, Texaco pump again as bad gas replaced

Palm Beach Post: Shell, Texaco pump again as bad gas replaced

 

By Paul Owers, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, June 3, 2004

 

The last of the 420 Shell and Texaco gas stations in South Florida that sold sulfur-laden fuel reopened Wednesday.

 

All gas supplied by Motiva Enterprises for sale at Shell and Texaco stations in this area has been tested and approved. The contaminated gas also was sold in the New Orleans and Tampa regions.

 

“Everything is back to normal in all three areas,” Shell spokesman Johan Zaayman said.

 

About 9,000 consumers in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana filed claims as of Tuesday, saying that fuel from Shell or Texaco damaged their gas gauges. Zaayman said he could not confirm how many more claims were filed Wednesday. read more

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Florida Drivers Sue Shell Over High-sulfur Gasoline

The Wall Street Journal: Florida Drivers Sue Shell Over High-sulfur Gasoline

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
June 1, 2004 11:08 p.m.

Posted 2 June 02

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP)–Amid thousands of similar complaints, two drivers who say fuel gauges on their cars were damaged by high-sulfur gasoline sued Shell Oil Co. and its refiner Tuesday in federal court.

Cynthia Chowdhury and Marilyn Fisher accused Shell and Motiva Enterprises LLC. of violating Florida law by engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices.

The suit says the companies knew, or should have known, that gasoline with high levels of sulfur would damage vehicles, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. read more

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Shell Oil replaces sulfur-tainted gasoline

news-press.com: Shell Oil replaces sulfur-tainted gasoline

 

Staff and wire reports

Published by news-press.com on May 30, 2004

 

Shell Oil interrupted or stopped the sale of gasoline at more than 500 stations in the South because of high levels of sulfur that can damage vehicle fuel gauges and make an empty tank appear full.

 

The damage done by the bad gasoline could cause some drivers to run out of gas unexpectedly. Also, car owners may have to replace their fuel gauges — a repair job that easily can cost $400 to $600.

 

The tainted gasoline originated at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Norco, La., according to Shell. Motiva is the refining arm of Shell in the East and South, including Florida. read more

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The Sun Herald: Shell shuts pumps in parts of South

The Sun Herald: Shell shuts pumps in parts of South

 

By ALAN SAYRE

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted on Sat, May. 29, 2004

 

New Orleans on empty

 

Shell stations on the Coast were not affected by the problem at the Norco refinery because the gas they sell comes from the Mobile area.

 

Tom Russell, owner of Russell’s Service Center on Scenic Drive in Pass Christian, said a number of customers asked him about the problem. “Ours comes out of Mobile,” he said. “This is different gas altogether. I doubt if anybody in this part of the country picks up in Norco anymore.” read more

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Arizona Republic: Shell reduces earnings for ’03 by $203 million

Arizona Republic: Shell reduces earnings for ’03 by $203 million

 

Associated Press

May. 29, 2004 12:00 AM

 

LONDON – The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. on Friday reduced its 2003 earnings by $203 million in an annual report delayed by two months due to a scandal involving the downgrading of its oil and gas reserves.

 

Even as it sought to restore its reputation, Shell suffered another blow when a U.S. refinery said it had supplied Shell gas stations in parts of Louisiana and Florida with gasoline with potentially damaging amounts of sulfur.

 

Shell’s revised net income for 2003 was $12.50 billion, compared with the original $12.70 billion that it announced in February, before the full extent of its reserves problems emerged. read more

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Raised Sulfur Levels in Gas Reported

The New York Times: Raised Sulfur Levels in Gas Reported

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: May 28, 2004

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Houston-based oil refinery is asking the Shell and Texaco stations it supplies to stop selling regular and mid-grade gasoline that was shipped through the Port of Tampa or Broward County’s Port Everglades.

Motiva Enterprises says the fuel it provided to about 450 stations might contain too much sulfur, which wouldn’t affect engine performance but could cause faulty gas gauge readings.

“It may show you are full, but in fact you’re on empty,” said Helen Bow, a Motiva spokeswoman.
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Shell temporarily shuts down 106 stations

HeraldTribune.com: Shell temporarily shuts down 106 stations

 

The Associated Press

Posted 27 May 2004

 

NEW ORLEANS — Shell has temporarily halted the sale of gasoline at 106 of its Shell and Texaco gas stations in the greater New Orleans area after discovering high levels of sulfur in the fuel.

 

The company detected elevated levels of sulfur in gasoline that was delivered to its Kenner distribution center, Shell spokesman Shawn Frederick said. Stations that had received gas from that center were notified and began ceasing gasoline sales Wednesday, Frederick said. They will remain closed until further notice, he said. read more

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