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Gas still in short supply

Posted September 22, 2008

— Gas stations throughout North and South Carolina continue to register some supply shortages, but gas prices in both states are slowly coming down, a spokeswoman for AAA Carolinas said Monday.

"Retailers are getting much smaller deliveries than they expected," Carol Gifford said from the AAA Carolinas office in Charlotte, N.C. Gifford said that some stations may be totally out of gas, while others may have trouble getting certain grades of gasoline.

"So what motorists see, is a gas station that once had an outage now has gas. They only have it for a day or so, and then they are out again. That will probably continue until more refineries are back up and operating," Gifford said.

She said such spot disruptions probably will continue for some time.

"We hope that within a week or so, things will get better," she added.

But Gifford said the good news is that gas prices in both states are slowly decreasing, at about a penny or so a day.

The spokeswoman said the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in South Carolina is now $3.87. The average in North Carolina for the same grade is $3.93, down two cents from Sunday's level.

Nationally, gas prices have fallen five days in a row, Gifford said.

 Gas prices spiked after hurricanes Ike and Gustav caused oil rigs and refineries along the Louisiana coast to shut down or curtail operations, which temporarily diminished deliveries in the Southeast.

On Sept. 15, AAA reported that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded reached $4.085 in North Carolina and $4.121 in South Carolina.

In Raleigh, Attorney General Roy Cooper's office said the owners of three more gas stations have been subpoenaed in an investigation of possible price gouging.

The stations, one in Charlotte and two in Yadkinville, reportedly charged between $4.49 and $5.35 per gallon, a statement by Cooper's office said. The retailers have 10 days to provide documentation to Cooper's office about their prices.

Subpoenas were sent to owners of 23 other gas stations last week, the statement said.

"We appreciate consumers' help in keeping an eye out for gas gougers," Cooper said. "We're also asking consumers to do their part by conserving gas."

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  • FromClayton Sep 23, 2008

    I think it is stories like this that cause panic and drive up gas prices. I have not seen any stations OUT of gas. I question whether WRAL has either, or if they just like to say it COULD happen. Which of course it COULD happen, if everyone who reads this story goes out and buys gas right after then we will be out. But thats the media's fault for causing panic.

  • craig615537 Sep 22, 2008

    I guess they didn't here news today before this story was released. Oil had it's biggest jump ever up $25 in one single day.

    If we continue to send all of our money to the crooks overseas we will eventually break our selves. I will pay exxon $5 a gallon if i new all the money would stay in USA.

  • nerdlywehunt Sep 22, 2008

    I bet that if the oil companies were forced to sell it at the same price the supply would be flowing like water. Saying there is a supply shortage is just like printing money. More money for less product....what a gameplan. Good job Brownie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Part 2

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Sep 22, 2008

    Lots of bad infromation on this site...Wholesale has gone up for two days..Resupply via pipe line is probably 5 more days away. Its almost impossible to find a load AT ANY PRICE. This will pass in a week or so.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 22, 2008

    Not me, I don't want to see oil drilling off out coast. I will pay higher prices if I have to. I can afford it. And besides, anyone who thinks that prices are going to drop if drilling is allowed off out coast is a pollyanna.

  • homeimprovement Sep 22, 2008

    "The neocon republicans are out to take every last penny from the middle class."

    We take money from ourselves? Who is rich?

  • frankchuck Sep 22, 2008

    "Based on what I was told yesterday from a gas station owner, it's not that a lot of the stations can't get the gas, it's that they don't want to get it at the prices that they are being charged. If they buy a tank at the current inflated prices they are stuck with that tank and price if the price goes back down quickly. This is happening mostly in the little independant stations."

    There's one problem with that. Two weeks ago, they had a whole tank of gas which they paid $3.50 a gallon for. When it became apparent that the next shipment was going to be more expensive, they all jacked the price up to well over $4.00 for that gas in the ground. The argument was that they had to do that to afford the higher gas in the next shipment. They were all too happy to take a windfall profit on that old tank.

  • nerdlywehunt Sep 22, 2008

    Yhe neocon republicans are out to take every last penny from the middle class. NOW they want 700 Billions dollars with no oversight to bail out the rich at MY expense! If you vote for the Rupublicans we are going to end up a third world country. King George is going to get his legacy alright!!!!!

  • homeimprovement Sep 22, 2008

    "I really hope Roy Cooper will follow thru this time"

    Yeah, in the mean time, stations run out of gas because it is not worth being used as a political target. If I were in the stations, I would root out the pumps and keep the convenience store. Let the state sell us gas and see how well they do.

  • garnertoy Sep 22, 2008

    nothing but a rip off

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