California Mandates Green Gas Pumps, Owners Say Forget It!


The Golden State Trying to Become Greener has Become a Nightmare to its Inhabitants as Government Kills Off the Little Guy. [image credit]

California will run out of money in February or March and if action is not taken soon, a 15 billion dollar cash shortage will have to be faced as California gas stations say ‘no’ to new green pump mandate.

ARCADIA – Dozens (potentially hundreds) of gas stations around California are choosing to shut down rather than comply with a state mandate that would require owners to purchase new equipment to reduce vapor emissions at the pump. Small station owners have decided going out of business is preferable to meeting the mandate.

California’s New Phase II Enhanced Vapor Requirements go into effect April, 2009.

The requirement, known as Phase II of the states Enhanced Vapor Requirements, calls for gas station owners to individually purchase tens of thousands of dollars of equipment designed to prevent harmful vapors from escaping into the air when gasoline is pumped. Small retailers say the new law is unfair and that the law will not be very beneficial because they do not sell enough gasoline to offset the higher costs of the new pumps. Many of those shutting down their pumps are actually city facilities and businesses with their own dispensers, such as fire stations and construction companies.

“Seventy-six — or 2.4% —  of the station owners indicated they will be shutting down on April 1, 2009 rather than upgrade their sites,” said Dimitri Stanich, public information officer for the California Air Resources Board.

Will New Mandated Law hurt California More than it will Help?

April’s regulations promise to cut what are known as reactive organic gas emissions by 7 tons per day statewide, but opponents point to the fact that California produces 2,322 tons of such gases per day. In theory, 822 tons of gas emissions will be removed from California’s air.

How much will this cost the state in revenue from station owners not paying taxes after they shut down gas purchases in their operations. Losing revenue from these stations must not be too important to California since they have asked the feds for a Bail Out and want our tax dollars to save their bacon.

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Small independents closing up as green mandated government policies shut them down.

Small station owner George Fasching, who after 31 years of selling gasoline at Fasching’s Car Wash in Arcadia said no, shut off the flow of gasoline from his station in December. “I came to the decision that I was too small a volume operator to continue on with the expenses imposed by the bureaucracy of the state,” Fasching said.

April’s requirements would have cost him $35,000, he said. Fasching only sold the gasoline as a convenience for his car wash customers and blames the new regulations for forcing him to stop. According to Fasching, “It will have some effect on my business, but at least I have the relief that I don’t have to deal with these people anymore.”

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9 Responses to California Mandates Green Gas Pumps, Owners Say Forget It!

  1. Tom Human February 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    I’m curious – do you have a secret supply of clean air and water hidden somewhere?

    If a gas station is too small to be able to afford not to foul our air, then that’s simply too bad for them. Our right to breathe trumps their right to make money by dumping crap in the air.

    It’s not like people just decided to do this because they have a personal dislike of gas station attendants. You should hang out in LA when there’s a smog alert, it’s quite an experience!

    In Britain in the 50s, a killer smog killed 5000 people. This could happen here too if we keep dumping crap into the air…

  2. February 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    @TomHuman: Thanks for your comments. I have been in LA during a smog alert. Bad scene. However, California is going broke now and who is going to pay the increased taxes to pay for these changes in the gas pumps if businesses go under? You and other Californians. Do you think the state government is going to make clean air for free? You will pay for all the green requirements. When these small businesses stop pumping, what is the effect going to be when you have to drive more miles to get your gas at a higher price because the big boys are buying the gas pumps. Clean Air for free, don’t think so. Even after the new pumps are all working, smog will always be like it has been in California, bad. To many cars, to many people=SMOG!

  3. February 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    @TomHuman: a link for you to check out on the current financial mess California is in. State legislators want to add $14 billion in new taxes to the state.,0,1851008.story

  4. Petarrez February 21, 2009 at 2:19 am #

    When you talk about how broke California is and how they’re asking for a bailout to the federal government, it did occur to you that California is one of the largest contributors to the federal coffers, and $0.50 of every dollar we send to DC comes back. These things are all within our tenth amendment rights, and if the citizens of California did not want them, they could recall any member of the government and elect someone with a different idea. Maybe if the government stopped taxing income and instead taxed consumption we wouldn’t be in a lot of these budgetary crises to begin with and such draconian regulation would be unnecessary.

  5. February 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    @Petarraze: Thanks for your comments. Do you really think government is going to stop taxing income? Why do you think California is in the red all the time? Your government wanted to raise your taxes $14 billion dollars before they passed their latest budget. State mandates have been passed in California before, but politicians are always figuring out ways to get around the mandates. If California pays so much money back to the feds, then why does it costs so much to buy a house and live in California?

    How do you propose that California take care of their massive smog and air pollution problem? Raise taxes or get the rest of the nation help pay for your problems through a federal bail-out?

    Thanks again. your comments are always welcome. I am just trying to get folks to realize what their taxes are paying for and governments (state and federal) are not the answers to our problems. These governments create the problems and want us to pay for them through increased tax revenues.

  6. Galen Somerville March 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    The new nozzles will not seal on my 1977 Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton.

    Now where do I go to fill it up????

  7. March 23, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    @Galen Somerville: Thanks for your comments. Sounds like you are out of luck or will have to update your vehicle to buy gasoline.

    You need to make an appeal to CARB and tell them you need stimulus money to fill up your tank.

  8. pat smith April 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    all of the newer cars can stop most all the vapors from escaping the tank with a closed fuel cap all car makers are doing it! but when you fill your tank it’s all for nothing you put the nossle in and push out all the vapors these car maker where trying to stop out! now let look at a guys that put 10 or 20 dollors in every 2nd day he or she is add more hydrocarbons in to the air this is a great idea the vapors from fueling stations is huge!!

  9. May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    @pat smith: Thank u for your comments.

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