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Why not dump in on the ground? Better yet--poor it down an old well. Gas and oil came from the ground. Put it back where it came from and be done with it.
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On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 14:39:07 GMT, "Joseph Meehan"

In alt.home.repair.. let someone mention a "hot water heater" and he comes alive.. He's an idiot that posts to quite a few newsgroups.. and never has anything on topic or useful to say.. Chuck
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How about you make soup out of it and feed it to your family. Or salad dressing. It's harmless, right?
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Mix it up around 30/70 with motor oil, and use it to burn out tent catapillars, or buy one of those books from lindsaybks.com that shows you how to make a gasoline-powered blowtorch.
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Runoff of this can be a problem environmentally. If spreadout along a fenceline, yes it kills everything for that growing season on that fenceline. And much less likely to runoff if dumped in one location. Typically the next growing season, the soil has recovered enough by breaking down the gasoline to usable or benign components. 2 to 3 years, one would think fertilizer was dropped there instead by growth appearances. Used engine oil is similar. Would have second thoughts on synthetic oil or petroleum based oil with additive product added to the oil by the consumer.
Dumping laws were directed at chemicals, oil products that were dumped with no attention to the environment. A common invisible example is an underground gasoline storage tank that has leaks due to age. The contents get into the water table. The environmental laws apply to all. Even though some conscientious individual could dispense a given amount of petroleum waste without any immediate and subsequent impact except the location its dumped. A gallon of "bad" gasoline doesn't go to far spread out on a fenceline. Most of it evaporates.
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Overview
Each year, American consumers accidentally spill more than 9 million gallons of gasoline, largely in attempts to fill small engine machines like lawn mowers, chain saws, generators and outboard motors and through improper disposal of excess or old gasoline. The Alliance for Proper Gasoline Handling is a unique public-private partnership helping to reduce the significant environmental harm caused by millions of these small, accidental spills.
A typical portable fuel container, also called a gas can, emits about 8 pounds of hydrocarbons through spills and evaporation each year.
Compared to a new car, a typical portable fuel container emits twice the amount of hydrocarbons each year.
There are about 78 million portable fuel containers in the United States. In total, portable fuel containers emit about 621 million pounds, or 310,000 tons, of hydrocarbons each year.
A rough estimate of hydrocarbon emissions from gasoline spillage alone is approximately 28,000 tons per year nationwide.
About one tenth of a gallon of gasoline is spilled per portable fuel container each year during typical use and handling.
These releases contribute, at least in part, to the United States Geologic Society (USGS) estimate that more than 40 million people use groundwater that contains at least one volatile organic compound, many of which are components of gasoline.
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Depends on the locale. Some locales have no drinking water supply that could be termed "ground water". Jeez, throw some common sense in the old gasoline dumping and where its going. Some anaerobic bacteria naturally eat raw petroleum, and peat/decaying plant material underground or underwater or both. Whatever is added to gasoline or oil can be problem for these.
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Pretty weak response, Lil.

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Tom Miller wrote:

Absolute baloney! No way there is 9 million gallons spilled filling small engines. That just is not true. Its phoney figures like this that make people question the entire motives of environmentalists. You paint a picture of people just slopping gas around like it was soapy water at a car wash.

fight. There's money in it dont cha know? Gument pays good dont they? Hey! how `bout we tax them dirty homeowners who're spilling all that gasoline?

Another wild claim - do the math! now we've got gas cans emitting almost more tons of pollution than they weigh in the first place and just by evaporation.

You want to clean things up? Go after the fools driving the "blue smokers" down the road. Stop with the wild-ass foolish claims that end up costing everyone money for nothing. Spin spin spin, you people sure do know how to spin and twist things. Eric
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Eric wrote:

No, go after the fools that insisted on putting MTBE in the gasoline.
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FDR wrote:

One year old isn't a problem, but what could make it an issue is how the gasoline was stored.
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I use that for cleaning parts in a pan, with gloves preferably- or use it to burn trash, etc. as an ignitor. Old gas makes an engine run terrible.
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most snowblowers dont use airfilter cause it ices up. there isnt any dirt blowin around in snow anyway.but there usually is a screen of some type to keep rocks and such out... or on water for that matter,thats why outboard engines dont use an air filter..lucas
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