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Construction at Catonsville gas station to upgrade underground tank system

Though the shop and the service center remained open at the Shell gas station on Frederick Road Tuesday afternoon, a chain link fence formed a perimeter around where the drivers once filled up.

According to a worker at the site, the gas pumps could return as early as Friday with an improved underground tank system.

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The renovations to the tank system of the station at 925 Frederick Road will allow it to hold ethanol-heavy gasolines, according to a Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman.

Jay Apperson called the construction to the Shell station "proactive and voluntary" and said it will provide a "tank lining and full tank top upgrade.

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"They're doing this to make the underground storage tank more compatible with gasoline that has ethanol in it," Apperson said.

The upgrades will allow the tanks to safely hold E10 and E15 gasolines, which are blends of ethanol and gasoline, Apperson said.

E10 gasoline is 10 percent ethanol and E15 gasoline is 15 percent ethanol.

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