If this is true !!!!!!!!! Please get Mulva and his staff to ACT on this..... and lets get some signs made up and post at every one of your gas stations throughout the U.S. and beyond.....it would be a "great Public Relations gesture""" ( might tick-off the cell phone industry,,,but lets get this corporation to do the "right thing" AMEN ?
Please email me if you want to see the picture of a burned -up car that belonged to a "mother"
good luck, god bless america.....
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This is why we turn off cell phones at gas stations!! below is an actual photo of static discharge
The Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of "static" (that is, static
electricity) at gas pumps. They have researched 150 cases of these fires. The results were very surprising:
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went
back to pull the nozzle out. The fire started then as a result of static discharge.
3) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
4) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas. (The RF energy from a cell phone (a radio transmitter) can cause a sparking on bare
metal, much like aluminum foil in a microwave oven .)
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static discharges.
7) In 29 fires, the vehicle had been reentered and the nozzle was touched during refueling. This occurred in a variety of makes and models.
Some resulting in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.
NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make
sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you touch the nozzle. This way the static from your body will be
discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.
As mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public
aware of this danger. You can find out more information by going to http://www.pei.org/ <http://www.pei.org/> . Once here, click in the center
of the screen where it says "Stop Static".
I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping
gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.
Short answer is yes. The gaso is the same BUT the additives (if any) could be different. I would say that any but the most questionable stations would have some additive in their gaso (and the additives are all very similar in their performance.)
BTW, when you buy Texaco, Exxon, Conoco, etc gas you do realize there is a high likelyhood (better than 50% on average) that the companies name on the station did not produce that gas. For example, here we have Exxon, BP Citgo, Conoco, Phillips, Chevron, Shell, stations. Also many non-refiners selling as well like Walmart, CircleK, other convience stores, etc.) But I know that all (or at least 99.9%) of the gas sold here comes from one of two refineries (Citgo or COP). But also each major brand uses its own additive package in that gasoline.
In a region, gasoline is nearly always fungible and will meet certain specs adopted by the state or federal gov't (depending on the spec we are talking about, the state and the season.)
Personally I tend to by the most convenient and cheapest gas I can (of course in my case when at home that also happens to be gas made by COP, but on the road price, convenience, need, and cleanliness are the biggest drivers.)
Just glad that you don't live in the upper midwest tax he11, icebox and fuel black hole where we are currently paying 1.699 for reg. unleaded. Kind of wants me to get out my walking shoes in this 6 below zero weather (not)! sb
Speaking of gas, can anyone tell me if the stuff they sell at Walmart, Kmart, and Krogers is the same as Conoco, Texaco or Exxon gasoline? (So far i have been afraid to put the stuff in my car) TIA
BTW, I would think combing your hair briskly
before filling would be about as hazardous as using the cell phone.
"That's because the government in this state said NO to the oil lobby"
Explain this to me, why does the "oil lobby" care who pumps the gas? It don't change the bbls they sell. It don't change the price they get/bbl? In fact, considering their exposure to cost cutting competitors (a la Walmart, et al), I would think they WANT a law which would (very minorly) even the playing field.
Maybe I am missing something but since the "oil lobby" presumably wants to keep new competition out, would not a (albeit small) entry hurdle of requiring attendants be something they would actually support (or at least not oppose.)
You are correct NJ has one of the lowest state gas taxes but it ain't nowhere near a nickle per gallon, try about 15 cpg. (Who's liste to someone preach now?) And as far as comparing your price (in a very low gas tax state, a good thing) to your two neighbors, what a laugh. Compare yours to a couple of the highest tax rate states in the US. What is your price per gallon sans tax, what are their's sans tax. You will find out your ARE paying for someone else to pump your gas.
Wouldn't you like it if your $1.45 gas only cost you $1.35 (or $1.40 or $1.30, I don't know what the rate for an attendent pumping gas is per gallon). I don't mind you having someone pump your gas if you choose. But why would you begrudge me the choice to pump my own and save the $'s?
Bigot? Yeah right.
Company cheerleader? Now I know you don't know me. I'm anything but!
What I've said is we need to look at the cost of a gallon of gasoline without overt state collected taxes (not to be confused with state imputed taxes...big difference but if you don't know the difference then we don't need to continue). I haven't had time to look up the numbers but if the numbers you mention are correct, then the price of gasoline here in TX is $1.39 less the 20 cents state tax or $1.19. Now NJ was what, $1.42 this morning, I can't remember the exact number. With that 10 cent tax, your real cost before tax is $1.32. So it looks like I get exactly the same product for 13 cents a gallon less.
When I download the exact taxes, I'll work them up and post them. I'm thinking the taxes are low but that could be a combination of federal and state taxes.
Any who, time to get to bed. Got to get up early and get to the office and cheer lead!! Rah Rah. Research a few of my posts and you'll find that I'm not in support of many things the company does, up to and including the merger that brought you my way. But the slick talking stock ANALysts convinced JJ and Arch that it was the right thing to do and everyone else is doing it and you can't compete without it and all that jazz. So, I'm not a cheerleader; I'm an employee in middle management. I own virtually no stock beyond options so I'm not pumping the stock price up.