No quick end to gas shortage in Southeast

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A storm-related gas shortage in the Southeast that has left some places bone-dry and others with two-hour gas lines is expected to continue for at least another two weeks, energy experts and industry officials say.

The shortage began two weeks after Hurricane Gustav hit the oil-refining regions of the Gulf Coast on Sept. 1. Operations that shut down before that storm were just coming back online when Hurricane Ike hit, forcing another shutdown. The gas shortage, now in its third week, is particularly acute here in sprawling Atlanta, in Nashville in parts of the Carolinas and in Anniston, Ala.

"I don't go anywhere once I find some and get my tank filled up," says Alicia Woods, 32, who waited 45 minutes to fill up Sunday morning at a QuikTrip in Cobb County, Ga. "Going out, visiting friends, all that just has to wait. I have to keep my gas for getting back and forth to work."

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Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomyEnergy, Natural Resources

Posted September 30, 2008 at 8:16 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Bernini wrote:

As a Cobb County, GA resident, I can second this. It’s a bit unnerving to drive down a major street and pass station after station with no gas. I know this will get sorted out soon (hopefully!) but it adds a bit of an edge to an already tense economic environment.

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