2008-09-24

Gasoline shortage

How is the gasoline shortage affecting you? Please write comments about your transportation experiences in the wake of Hurricane Ike. I thought this would be a temporary problem based on panic from that first weekend, but the news is reporting a widespread shortage in Georgia. I suppose my wife and I have been fortunate to find gas the two times we've fueled up since the hurricane.

16 comments:

Christopher Byrne said...

I had to go to 5 gas stations today before I found one that actually had gas.

All unnecessary driving has been eliminated so we have gas to get the kids to school, buy groceries, etc.

Sneezy said...

Haven't had a problem so far, but I fueled up on Sunday afternoon. I did notice people waiting in line to get to a pump at the Shell at the corner of Timothy and Atlanta Highway.

Christopher Byrne said...

Should have given list:

Out of Gas

Golden Pantry (on Prince)
BP (at Chase and Prince)
Old Kangaroo on 441N
Citgo on 441N

Has Gas

Station on North Avenue by Piggly Wiggly/Hardees

LilHippie said...

The shell on broad between epps and alps had gas today but had a ten gallon limit. Good thing I only had to fill up my scooter!!

Mike-El said...

The Winterville Golden Pantry isn't dry yet (as of late this evening, anyway).

Christopher Byrne said...

The gas station that always overcharges for gas at the corner of North Avenue and MLK is dry also...

Tim said...

AJs in Oconee County is out of gas now. They had high test only last Sunday but have been dry for several days now. They have no ETA for a delivery. Luckily they have not run out of biscuits.

Mike-El said...

As of 3:30 PM Thursday, the Winterville Golden Pantry is still pumping all grades...and with relatively short lines.

robin said...

I saw 2 gas trucks rolling into Athens Thurs evening -- one to the walmart on epps bridge.

Adrian said...

Wal-Mart (Murphy Oil) on Epps Bridge is out right now.

robin said...

I did wonder how much gas was actually being pumped to the walmart tanks @ epps bridge. Are the trucks divying up gas to several stations or just to one?

Also, SUVs were circling like vultures, waiting for the pumps to be turned back on.

Hopefully, my 1/2 tank will hold me until things stabilize.

Adrian said...

Robin, I have read that the distributors are not delivering full orders to gas stations.

I think the criticism that the situation is made worse by "panic buying" and "topping off" gas tanks is way off base. The same news story that reports this observation will also talk about cars running completely out of gas while in line at a gas station, so obviously those motorists aren't buying gas before they need it. By this point, motorists have already cut consumption, and they are no longer able to "top off" their tanks when gas stations enforce purchase limits. As far as trying to buy gas before the tank is near empty, not only is that rational in light of the difficulty of finding gas when it's needed, it's also been common practice for a lot of motorists to buy gas when the gauge reaches one-half or one-quarter.

Rana said...

Does anyone know the gas situation over by Athens Acadamy? We are driving down from kentucky on the 9th- want to make sure we should be okay to come home.

Christopher Byrne said...

@Rana - There is no way of predicting what gas will be available as that is almost a week and a half out...

Rana said...

Chris- I understand that... I was just wandering what it is like in that area right now.

Tim said...

Rana, the situation seems to be slowly getting better. Most places I drive by will have gas in the morning, then be out in the afternoon or vice versa. One of the bigger jobbers in the Atlanta area is predicting that the situation would be back to normal by the end of next week. On the other hand, I see news stories online that indicate it may be two more weeks or so until the problems are resolved. In my opinion, you should be OK driving down to this area unless your car runs on diesel. Apparently the situation with diesel is worse, and what diesel there is tends to go to the truck stops on the interstates rather than to local stations.
Check back here, if the situation changes, I'll update you on it.