State AG offices handle consumer complaints so it stands to reason there will be some sort of investigation, very routine. Also, this guy (a Republican) barely won in the last election (2008) so maybe he's using the issue to do a little stealth campaigning and bring attention to his organization -- show what a great job they're doing.
"The oil company is accepting claims not only for the gasoline but also for repairs associated with the contaminated gasoline. As of late Monday afternoon, the company had received 4,500 calls and 800 e-mails from motorists who said they were having fuel issues."
So far, we're not talking about massive damages here. Definite pain in the butt if it happens to be YOUR car.
Anyone know exactly what this additive is? All I can find out is that it's a "polymeric residue". Just wondering whether or not this chemical is a standard additive used by all refiners or something mandated by the EPA.
This is purely a precautionary measure given the potential wide area of impact. AG office just wants to monitor BP's procedures for handling claims.
“We are closely monitoring the response by BP and will be reviewing their claims and reimbursement processes. As the watchdog for Indiana consumers my office has a duty to ensure consumer's rights are protected and that there is no undue delay in appropriate reimbursements.”
Of course twelve million people from New York to Florida to California are going to make claims just to see if they can get some free money. This will, naturally, slow down the process for those with legitimate claims.