VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — News 3 investigates social media reports of the wrong type of fuel being dispensed from retail pumps at two Virginia Beach gas stations.
Here’s what we know:
The Blackwater Trading Post, a convenience store in the city, posted the following statement on Facebook on Tuesday:
This weekend, a World Fuels delivery driver put the wrong fuel in the diesel tank. As soon as we became aware of the problem, we immediately closed ALL the tanks. We contacted our service company and the fuel company. Our service company came out and confirmed that the wrong fuel had been placed in the diesel tank.
We are very upset about this situation this has caused our customers! This situation was not caused by the fault of any employee or the store, it was the fault of the delivery driver. World Fuels is now directly handling the situation. For those who have been affected, you can contact us at 757-204-4806 and we can provide you with the contact at World Fuels. You will need to provide World Fuels with your name, vehicle make and model, and proof of purchase (which may be a receipt with date and time) or a charge to your credit card or store bank account. . Again, we feel awful about what happened and we’re here to help! Thank you!
Blackwater Trading Post
Some reports said the wrong fuel was dispensed at the Hilltop BP station on Laskin Road. We contacted the service station for clarification from the owner, but an employee who answered the phone said he had been told not to give the owner’s contact details.
A Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) spokesperson said BP alerted the school district to the error Tuesday morning. News 3 has learned that VBCPS has its own distribution system, but there are a few outlying routes where school bus drivers fill up at gas stations.
On Tuesday morning, VBCPS said it was aware of two buses hit. The error did not affect operations or bus routes on Tuesday, and the school district does not expect it to affect anything on Wednesday morning.
BP is expected to release a statement Wednesday morning. We have also contacted World Fuel Services, the owner of PAPCO, for comment.
We’re working to find out more and will update this story when we have more answers.