Sunday, September 28, 2008

Severe gas shortages in the South-east

Gas Shortage In the South Creates Panic, Long Lines

Gasoline shortages hit towns across the southeastern United States this week, sparking panic buying, long lines and high prices at stations from the small towns of northeast Alabama to Charlotte in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

I drove past nine or ten gasoline stations that were out of gas," Bragg said. "I had my GPS up looking for any gas in the area, from the mom-and-pop places to the corporate gas stations. Nothing. They were all taped off."

Public officials appealed for calm as it appeared that panic buying might exacerbate supply problems if motorists try to keep more fuel than usual in their tanks. The Environmental Protection Agency suspended regulations for antipollution additives to help ease the supply situation.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue provoked some angry comments on the Atlanta Journal Constitution Web site, which quoted him as saying that "there is ample fuel in the city" and that some of the panic was "self-induced."

"Perdue says we got ample gas supplies," wrote one reader. "Then why is it that every gas station in my area is out of gas. Some have been out for over 4 days."

Expect Gas Shortage To Stick Around, Says Expert

ATLANTA -- The gas shortage in metro Atlanta will continue for several more weeks, leaving the majority of gas stations across the area dry and frustrated drivers searching for fuel, a petroleum company executive said Sunday."We're beyond panic; we're into desperation," said Tex Pitfield, chief executive of Saraguay Petroleum in Atlanta.

The shortage has hit hardest in Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and the Carolinas, including the Charlotte area and the mountain towns to the west. For days it has closed civic offices, cut short workdays and even canceled community college classes.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Reminds me of what I wrote 2 1/2 years ago in my essay titled "The End of Civilization," in which I wrote:

Imagine going to your local gas station and seeing a sign out front reading “Sorry, no gas.”

Probably because of peak oil, we're not investing in new oil infrastructure, such as gasoline refineries. Thus, our gasoline inventory is at a 40-year low, so low that the mere whisper of a shortage will cause a shortage as everyone runs off to top off their tanks!

This kind of thing is simply going to become more and more common and spread to more and more areas, such as food.