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Huron stores charged with 85-octane gas violations

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 26th, 2012

HURON — A Rapid City oil company with Corner Pantry locations in Huron and a business in Wolsey have been charged with violations related to 85-octane gasoline.

Beadle County State’s Attorney Mike Moore said his office has filed a complaint charging MG Oil Co. of Rapid City with selling substandard or 85-octane gasoline and with mislabeling the gasoline sold at its five Corner Pantry locations in Huron.

He said he has charged the 281 Travel Center in Wolsey with mislabeling the gasoline it purchased from MG Oil.

The charges are Class 2 misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

In June, the state Department of Public Safety turned over the results of an investigation conducted in March regarding allegations of mislabeled gasoline in South Dakota to the Beadle County State’s Attorney’s office.

The allegations are that 85-octane gas was being sold, but labeled as 87-octane gas in eight counties. South Dakota law prohibits the sale of gasoline with an Antiknock Index of 85-octane.

On Sept. 12, a state legislative committee adopted rules permitting the sale of 85-octane gas in nine western South Dakota counties until June 30, 2013.

However, the rules do not affect the allegations that substandard gasoline was being mislabeled and sold in Beadle County in March.

For the complete article see the 09-25-2012 issue.

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