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Easley: Gas shortage easing

Posted October 2, 2008

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— Gov. Mike Easley said Thursday that shortages of gasoline that have plagued the state in the past two weeks are coming to an end.

The pipelines that supply gas to the Southeast have been running at capacity since Tuesday, meaning full capacity will return to North Carolina next week, Easley said. Damage to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast from Hurricane Ike three weeks ago meant lower amounts of gas have been flowing through the pipelines since then.

“As a result of the pipeline filling up, the companies are now letting more gas go from their terminals to the gas stations," Easley said in a statement.

State officials continue sending 50 to 100 fuel tankers to the Charlotte area and western North Carolina, which have seen the most severe shortages, to keep gas stations supplied.

“We will keep working hard every day to get additional gas to Charlotte. The oil companies are now doing everything they can, and I am pleased that they have agreed to send in the additional tanker trucks every day,” he said.

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  • concerned-christian Oct 8, 2008

    Can someone please explain to me why gas is $3.82 in Goldsboro and $3.41 in Kinston (20 minutes away) and $3.48 in Wilson (20 minutes away)? Gas seems to be going down all around Wayne County but in Wayne County. What gives?!

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Oct 7, 2008

    10/7/08 Last night, I went to 3 different gas stations, and they were all out of gas. They were BP, BJs, and Circle K in the North Raleigh area. Today, another Circle K was out of gas, and I had to put gas at an Exxon for $3.869 per gal. I do not believe the shortage has shortened, so to speak...

  • 2alegal Oct 2, 2008

    The Gov said all this last week......WRAL also thinks THIS is news?

  • ajsmall83 Oct 2, 2008

    I was in TX and the sad thing was the day after IKE the plants were pumping out the fuel!

  • ifcdirector Oct 2, 2008

    How much do you want to bet that the oil companies will make this disappear?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxfMz2eDME

  • ifcdirector Oct 2, 2008

    We need Governor Easley to tell us this? I guess if your wife just got an 80% salary increase and you were bribed......er.......sold land at the coast for a song and got to fly around on your private affairs on a state owned jet and were able to take junkets to Europe to eat $60 cheeseburgers than a gallon of gas might seem like a bargain. Less so to the taxpayers you soak and parasitize off of though don't you think? Unreal. If the guv wants to make some observation dealing with the high cost of fuel why doesn't he address the fact that this state, the state he supposedly governs, has the highest gas tax in the Southeast thanks to the legislators from his political party no less. On second thought that might actually put a dollar or two back in the taxpayer's pocket and we can't have that now can we? Surreal world we live in.

  • familyfour Oct 2, 2008

    Would be a good heads up if he could tell us this before we could actually tell the difference at the pump. Haven't been out of anything in my area for almost two weeks.

  • IzzMad2016 Oct 2, 2008

    Oldpirate2 : It amazes me, too, how many people think the president has a say in oil production/gas prices. I worked with a woman 4 years ago who speculated during the summer before election that Bush would drop the price in early November so he could win again. I asked her if she really thought he had that much (any) control over OPEC....she didn't have an answer. Sorry to those who like to blame President Bush for anything and everything....you'll have to remove the price of gas from your list of complaints where he is concerned.

  • batcave Oct 2, 2008

    I thought Charlotte was still out

  • WRALblows Oct 2, 2008

    Good. Now lower the NC gas tax or shut up.

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