MTBE Use Discovered
In Vancouver, BC Fuel
From Ariel Roberge <>

Hello Jeff,
Out of curiosity regarding a fuel additive called tactro which is found in Petro Canada's fuel ( I wanted to know if it was MTBE with a marketing spin) I was happy to find out that it was not MTBE but shocked to find that Petro Canada in using MTBE in Vancouver.
Therefor the problem is no exclusive to the USA.
As a sign of protest my wife an I have destroyed our Petro Point Cards (An incentive program where accumulated points can be exchanged for goods and services.
Here is a copy of the letter confirming that they use MTBE.
Dear Ariel,
Thank you for contacting Petro-Canada On-Line.
Tactrol does not in any way contain MTBE. In fact, Tactrol is an engine deposit control additive designed to clean your fuel system. It is, in basic terms, a detergent. MTBE is also an additive, however it is added to commercial fuels to boost octane ratings by approximately 5%. Tactrol's function is not to boost octane levels. Please note that Petro-Canada fuels do not contain Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, with the exception of SuperClean 94 in the greater Vancouver area. Across the rest of Canada, the most common octane booster is MMT, a manganese compound which is added in trace amounts. SuperClean 94 in Montreal does contain between 5 - 10% ethyl alcohol, and the pumps are specifically identified to show that the fuel contains alcohol. This, however, is in no way to be confused with MTBE. I hope this helps. If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sandy Bailey
Petro-Canada Online
Customer Service Network
Phone: 1-800-668-0220
Fax: 1-800-837-1228


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