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Illegal Gas Can Laws in California and Beyond

By December 15, 2010

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I just have to get this off my chest before my head explodes. You know, kind of like some of those California green gas cans pop their tops when they get warm. Or so I've heard.

As most of you from California (should) know, there are restrictions on the types of gas containers that can be used and sold. It hasn't been much of an issue if you're using one of the unapproved containers, you just had a hard time buying them.

I've heard that lately law enforcement in places like the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) and Ocotillo Wells State Offroad Area are starting to ticket people for having these white/clear racing type cans.

I've asked the BLM if there is more enforcement on the issue with "illegal gas cans" but haven't heard back yet. I'm sure there's a good reason, like they don't want the thousands of people out there on any given weekend mistakenly pouring gas on their Cheerios because they didn't realize it was gas in that white, 5 gallon container sitting in the back of a trailer.

Word is the government decided to legislate gas cans because they evaporate 2 pints of gasoline every 2 years or 20 years or some crazy amount. That's a lot of gas. Of course, it's nothing compared to the quart of gasoline that seems to get spilled every time I try to fill up the John Deere using those terribly designed California green cans. Just sayin'.

One has to wonder, though... they're trying to get millions of these unsafe, leaky gas cans out of our garages and trailers in the name of the environment and put them where? Into landfills? And replace them with NEW cans that spill way more gasoline than they prevent from evaporating?

December 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm
(1) gary says:

those cans are great the nosels are junk. he’s 100% rite when u fill up your machine they over flow every time. its time for some changes. why not let a normal every day guy design a nice nosel. not some junk that he can stick up his ass.

December 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm
(2) Matt Finley says:

It’s really frustrating. There’s so much government red tape involved in every. little. thing. they’re making things worse trying to make them better.

March 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(3) Chuck says:

Fuck these statist bastards. Just ordered a couple of old style spouts for my Jerry cans. Shipped them to my son in Texas. Cannot wait to get out of this CA shithole

November 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(4) Bryan Henderson says:

Incidentally, leaving the state is basically what the statist bastards want. California’s smog is caused by residents. Residents doing things such as storing gas in poorly sealed containers. There are two ways to reduce this source of smog: impose upon people to spend more and get less in buying gas containers or get them to store their gas in another state. The regulations work both ways.

The issue of the legal containers actually polluting more than the illegal ones is a whole separate matter. It may be more of a simple human mistake than a fundamental weakness in the system of government.

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