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AAA: Gasoline relief on the way

Posted September 26, 2008

— There should soon be a "replenishing" level of gasoline in some areas of the state hit hard by gas shortages, AAA Carolinas said Friday.

"Big" shipments are expected over the weekend in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Greenville, as well as other cities, David Parsons, AAA Carolinas president, said in a statement.

More refineries that had closed after Hurricane Ike disrupted oil production two weeks ago are online now, Parson said, and more gasoline is flowing through the pipelines.

But it will still take a week for or more for the Southeast to receive larger shipments of gasoline through the pipeline, and sporadic gasoline outages and shortages might continue from time to time.

The Triangle, AAA Carolinas says, is much better off than other parts of the state, but motorists traveling over the weekend do need to think about how they are consuming fuel.

Anita Flippin, a local AAA branch manager, recommends thinking about filling up when gas gages reach a quarter tank, and she suggests looking for gas on the interstate.

"When you get to the interstate, it is fairly easy to find gas if you get off at exits that have a large cluster of gas stations someone is going to have it. The larger chains have a lot more gas than the smaller locations."

She also recommends to drivers with no travel plans to wait a few days o refill their tanks if they have at least a quarter tank.

Gas prices continue to fall, with the cost of a gallon of unleaded gasoline averaging $3.90 in North Carolina and $3.81 in South Carolina, both state averages down a penny from Thursday, continuing a weeklong drop in prices.

“Motorists should be patient and exercise control and restraint in gas lines,” Parsons said. “Avoid panic pumping, or filling up and topping off your tanks when it’s not necessary, because that will continue the run on already very limited gas supplies.”

Four of the 17 Houston-area refineries remain closed, with most others in either partial or full operation and a handful expected to ramp up to full capacity through the weekend, he said.

The other 16 Gulf Coast refineries were operating at either partial or full capacity Friday, Parsons said.

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  • SkinsFan Sep 26, 2008

    If we drill and build refineries we will have more supply and the price will go down. I drove through New York City this week. Gas in the Bronx was $3.39. I was afraid to stop and fill up ut it was lower there.

  • k9sandQtrs Sep 26, 2008

    How crazy! I scrounged around for gas money while I was in college and never dreamed that I'd be in the same boat years later. I do have a fairly lengthy commute, but I'm grateful that it has worked out for me to carpool to work and it's nice that there are a few places near the office that I can walk to to 'run' errands. Guess I'm going to end up buying one of those manual push-mowers, too. I'm not going to waste gas mowing the lawn.

  • nathanius Sep 26, 2008

    I am in agreement. They purposely haven't built a new refinery in a few decades. They are making record profits. I am just saying that without tapping the (SPR)or more foreign imports I can see why stations in NC are running out of gas. I think it is deliberate as well. I think if they wanted to bring oil prices down they could by increasing refining capacity. We are nearing peak oil capacity though. Crude oil is not infinite.

  • twc Sep 26, 2008

    nathanius, if you believe the oil companies you are in for a rude awakening. The oil companies are making humongous profits and are being allowed to by the current administration. In former administrations we tapped into reserves when necessary to help keep prices reasonable. I imagine the oil companies are sharing some of those profits with some of our leaders.

  • leaannbo19952 Sep 26, 2008

    It is amazing to me that I come home from work and that is the first I read. I spent 45 mins looking for gas. The Shopette is completely out and all stations but 1 are out of regular gas on Berkley Blvd

  • tgw Sep 26, 2008

    Remember, Obama only regrettedthat gas went up so fast. That elitist could care less about us-other than out VOTE. After that, he could care less!!!!

    Oh, he wants our money too.

    Concerning gasoline, a friend was in Lincolnton wednesday evening and numerous stations were charging $4.29 and only allowing customersto buy $10.00. My friend finally found a station that would allow him to fill-up at $3.99.

    We can blame all of this on the radical tree huggers aho have blocked refinery construction anyway possible including in our courts. We can blame them for the drilling issue as well as no new power stations. They will drive us dry and love it.

    By the way, if this is what yoy want, vote for Obama and Bev. Perdue. Neither of them know what the truth really is-nuch less how to say it.

  • 050462 Sep 26, 2008

    who CARES if we can get it or not, how about relief on the price??? Huh??????? Supply means NOTHING if you can't afford it!

    get a real job,and get off of welfare!!!!!
    hope it hits 5.00/gallon
    WE CAN ONLY HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nathanius Sep 26, 2008

    I don't pretend to understand this problem, but I can't imagine that the "supplies" would have suffered that much during this last storm - it appears to be just another tactic to squeeze every penny of money out of the consumer for as long as possible to fulfill the endless greed of the oil tycoons. I could be wrong, though, who knows. I haven't particularly had any problem getting gas around where I live.
    ChristaS

    It's not that complicated. Refineries process crude oil into gasoline. The refineries around on the Gulf of Mexico process crude for the southeast US (NC). They have been inoperable for over a week. It's no suprise inventory is low. There is not enough refining capacity. The oil companies are slow to build new ones citing environmental concerns and cost.

  • ChristaS Sep 26, 2008

    I don't pretend to understand this problem, but I can't imagine that the "supplies" would have suffered that much during this last storm - it appears to be just another tactic to squeeze every penny of money out of the consumer for as long as possible to fulfill the endless greed of the oil tycoons. I could be wrong, though, who knows. I haven't particularly had any problem getting gas around where I live.

  • Blueboxinggloves Sep 26, 2008

    "I believe Obama's lies more than McCains so I guess that will be my vote????"

    RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT!!!

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