Gov. Sanford issues statement on gas situation

By: News Release
By: News Release

September 12, 2008

Governor Mark Sanford issued the following statement today in response to a rise in gas prices triggered by fears of damage and supply disruptions tied to Hurricane Ike:

"It's unfortunate, but we've seen this movie before in South Carolina when supply disruptions were caused by Hurricane Katrina, and then by Hurricane Rita," Gov. Sanford said. "When that happened three years ago, we got through it as South Carolinians with common-sense conservation and patience - and I'd ask that South Carolinians do the same over the coming days.

"I'd respectfully suggest that means avoiding the temptation to rush out and fill up everything we have, because at the end of the day that's only going to make this pricing situation worse. Instead, this is a time to think of ways in which each of us can make a difference on what may come our way if refineries in Texas are significantly damaged. It might mean riding to the football games with a neighbor or on Sunday riding to church with a friend. It might mean watching a video at home rather than going to the movies or riding to work with a co-worker. The bottom line is there are a lot of things we can do to each make a difference, and I'd ask that we do so.

"That being said, we'll obviously be keeping a close eye on the situation to determine what if anything the state can do to help, including exploring options with the federal government to ease fuel transportation into the state."


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  • by Angelina Location: Hephzibah on Sep 15, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    I find this so called advice annoying. Point blank if congress was doing what we pay them and elect them to do...then this would not be happening. Stop putting more rules on us and fix this nonsense! What are we paying taxes for. What are you cutting back from your life Mr. Sanford, Mr. Pardue and the rest of our congress and senate?
  • by Cindi Location: North Augusta on Sep 14, 2008 at 03:42 PM
    I think all field trips at schools should be cancelled this year. They aren't necessary and school buses should only be used to transport children to and from school. Perhaps even closing the schools to students once a week for a few months would help the situation also.
  • by Joy Location: Craven on Sep 13, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    Brunswick Ga raised gas 50cents per gallon in anticipation of Ike hitting Texas. This is one day after oil went down to $100/barrel. This is gouging to the fullest!
  • by peter Location: augusta on Sep 12, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    no george bush made this mess and he has acted to late
  • by VICTORIA Location: AIKEN on Sep 12, 2008 at 04:00 PM
    RICH GET RICHER,POOR GET POORER!It angers me the way the economy does things, and it lets me know that working class Americans are the ones that feel every single thing that happens. What kind of relief is gone come for us. This is price gouging, and it should have to stop. This is my opinion and I am sure each one has their own.
  • by Stephanie Location: Aiken on Sep 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    Gov. Sanford is a couple days late, he should have issued that statement before the gas prices rose in my opinion.
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