Neil Leach, a gas station attendant at a 76 location in Roseburg, pumps gas on March 8.

For the second year in a row, Oregon legislators are weighing the possibility of at least partial self-serve at gas stations throughout the state.

Donovan Brink is a reporter for The News-Review. He can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4219.

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Donovan Brink is a reporter for The News-Review. He can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com or 541-672-3321, ext. 7219.

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D Steel

You don’t need a high school diploma to operate gas pumps. It’s fairly simple, so simple you can learn to do it yourself. Here’s an abbreviated procedure: Remove your vehicle’s fuel tank cap; at the fuel pump, insert your debit card or pre-pay, select the fuel grade, insert the nozzle into the fuel intake, squeeze the handle and fill your tank. It’s that easy, five minutes of training and repeated uses is all you need. After a month of filling your own gas tank, you’ll wonder why you weren’t filling your own tank 20+ years ago.

Let’s not even discuss concentrating BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene), all cancer causing compounds, in the current population of gas station attendants.

Let’s have self service fuel stations in Oregon.


Seeing the amount of customers at my job that literally cannot read or follow directions if tjeir life depended on it when using the self check out registers, I'd be absolutely terrified to see these same people try to operate a gas pump on their own. No doubt in my mind it would prove to be disastrous or possibly deadly for them or anyone that was unlucky to be near them. Just from my observations I see everyday, it's nothing but a divine miracle most of you here are able to drive a car without killing yourself or other people.

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