Frequently Asked Questions

Can I tell where the gasoline at my local station comes from?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration does not collect data on the source of gasoline sold at retail outlets. Several factors make it difficult to determine where gasoline at a local station originated.

  • A local station may sell gasoline that is produced in refineries that are owned by different companies.
  • The source of the crude oil used at a company's refinery varies daily. Most refiners use a mix of crude oils from domestic and foreign sources based on the oils' cost and availability.
  • Gasoline from different refineries, owned by different companies, is often combined for shipment by pipeline. Many companies may purchase gasoline at the same bulk terminal.

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Last updated: May 2, 2013

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