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Oregon fire marshal ends temporary rule allowing self-serve gas in some counties

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Office of the State Fire Marshal’s temporary rules change allowing Oregon gas retailers to provide self-service on a voluntary basis ends at midnight Saturday.

Starting Sunday, attendants will again be providing service at gas stations in Oregon where self-service is not allowed. Self-service is allowed in some coastal counties and in eastern and central Oregon.

Initially, a temporary rules change was implemented to address worker shortages at stations statewide because of COVID-19.

“We want to thank Oregonians and the many Oregon businesses who provide gasoline for their patience as we allowed for voluntary self-service at Oregon gas stations where that service had not been available before,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

“Starting Sunday, self-serve gas will no longer be allowed in counties where it is already prohibited by state law. Areas of the state where self-serve was allowed, in some coastal counties and areas of Central and Eastern Oregon, will see no change.”

Information about the ending of temporary self-serve gas in certain parts of the state can be found on the OSFM website.

The Oregon Fuels Association released the following statement thanking Governor Brown and the Office of the State Fire Marshal for working with the state’s locally-owned fuel providers over the past eight weeks on efforts to keep customers and fuel station employees safe through temporarily allow expansion of self-service fueling options:

“We appreciate the leadership from Governor Brown and the Office of the State Fire Marshal in providing flexibility to Oregon’s locally-owned fuel stations during this very challenging time,” stated Danelle Romain, a lobbyist for the Oregon Fuels Association. “Allowing fuel attendants to turn their focus to keeping equipment and payment mechanisms sanitized has helped keep people safe and stations across the state open. As we transition to a new normal, ensuring public safety and fuel availability will remain our priorities.”

About the Oregon Fuels Association

The Oregon Fuels Association (OFA) is the voice of Oregon’s locally-owned fuel stations, fuel distributors and heating oil providers. OFA members are at the forefront of environmental stewardship within the industry as the leading suppliers of biodiesel and other low carbon fuels. Often multi-generational, family-owned businesses, members fuel Oregon’s economy by providing career opportunities to thousands of employees across the state. The association is a leading advocate for common sense regulations that balance affordable fuels and environmental stewardship.

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