Mogas Petition and Ethanol-Free Gas Station List
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An online petition has been started to urge Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to ensure that ethanol-free fuel will continue to be widely available. The goal is to have 10,000 signatures. Over 3,700 supporters have already signed up, many leaving comments about how ethanol fuel affects their airplane, boat, auto, or small engine. The effort is sponsored by Sam Hokin who has established a website that currently lists over 2,180 gas stations that sell alcohol-free fuel.
The website Pure-Gas.org debuted in 2009 and lists gas stations according to state and city in alphabetic order with the address, GPS coordinates, and map links provided.
Additionally you can download a POI file of the listing for your GPS or a KML file that will display all the stations on Google Earth. Users are asked to add stations not already on the list. A chart of monthly updates indicates several hundred additions or corrections are posted each month, and the list is still growing. If you need alcohol-free fuel for your ultralight or light plane, it may be closer than you realize.
The list of stations includes the octane rating of the fuel, but the effort in the mogas petition is to specifically preserve access to alcohol-free premium grade fuel. While many can use the lowest octane fuel, some higher-performance engines including some Rotax require a higher rating. The push from federal regulations mandating increased use of ethanol will eliminate alcohol-free fuel unless users speak out. Some of our airplanes, boats, motorcycles, and classic cars will become unusable if the current trend continues.