The Arkansas State Plant Board Bureau of Standards is continuing its investigation into claims by two Pine Bluff area motorists that their vehicles were damaged by gas containing water.

The Arkansas State Plant Board Bureau of Standards is continuing its investigation into claims by two Pine Bluff area motorists that their vehicles were damaged by gas containing water.

The two customers said they bought gas the evening of May 15 at the Eagle Express station at 28th Avenue and Olive Street.

Bureau petroleum chemist supervisor Wilford Jones said Monday that testing of fuel samples taken by the Bureau on Friday afternoon has not yet been completed.

“The fuel coming out of the pump Friday afternoon was visually what it is supposed to look like,” Jones said. “There was six inches of separation in the back of the storage tank which means there is water in the tank. It is the station owner’s responsibility to test their tanks to make sure that there are no problems including the presence of water before a new load of fuel is pumped into them.”

Jones said that the staff at Eagle Express blamed any problems with fuel that they sold on the distributor.

“They tried to blame it on them,” Jones said. “Magness Oil checked all of their equipment and everything was fine. They get their fuel straight from the pipeline in North Little Rock and deliver it to Pine Bluff.”

Jones said that efforts by the bureau to identify the owner of Eagle Express have so far been unsuccessful.

A stop sell order was imposed on the station Friday that prevents it from selling fuel until the investigation has been completed, but the convenience store has been allowed to reopen.