CSRA gas crisis expected to continue for 7-10 days

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, September 15, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Oil prices have closed below 100 dollars for the first time in 6 months, but so far it's not helping the prices at the pump. The power is out from hurricane Ike so workers aren't pumping as much fuel. And some refineries are damaged. So is a major fuel pipeline; the one that brings a lot of our fuel to the area.

Most of us simply want to know - when will all this end? When will gas get back to a bearable price? That could take a few more days but until then there's something we can all do. We can quit panicking and quit filling up our tanks.

Alan Freeman has already added more air to his tires for better gas mileage. Other than that he knows there's only so much he can do.
"I think they really need to do something about it," says Freeman.

And most people agree. But the local gas situation is diffucult to follow.
Here's why. The cheapest advertised price News12 found is located on Gordon Hwy at $3.77, but looks can be deceiving. With plastic bags covering the handles of all of the pumps, it appears that station is out of gas. Checking out Columbia county, there is gas there, but it will cost - - about 5.29 per gallon.

So when can we expect to see some relief? When will the price go down and when will we get more gas?

"Once our refineries go down, it takes them seven days to get up and running,"says John Butler with Koger Walters Oil. "So we're looking at a good two weeks before things begin to pick up."

Butler adds that there are two ways we can control the situation -price and allocation. The price per gallon can go up and drivers can get unlimited quantities or you can get a capped amount - say 20 dollars for example - and there's plenty for everyone to get through this According to AAA's website, today is recorded as the highest average price per gallon for regular unleaded in the Augusta area ever.

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  • by Jim Location: Martinez on Sep 26, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    Keep a current list of local stations that have gas and display same on a crawler across the bottom of the screen. This would help your viewers immensely. This is investigative journalism that would be on our side
  • by Need Gas on Sep 25, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    Yes, please list where you can find gas! For those that work 45 min away from work & have to get gas every few days- we need it!
  • by Karen Bach Location: North Augusta on Sep 24, 2008 at 02:55 AM
    Why are you reporting the same gas station news as last night. There is no gas in the area at all. All stations have zeroed out their prices, from Aiken, to North Augusta, to across the bridge into Augusta. This is the real news. Not that Gregs Gas plus was selling gas yesterday. As of last night they were out too. What all of us want to know is when will there be gas back in the area? Why didn't gas stations continue to limit the amount of gas to customers, especially since they knew their situation. All their consumers knew was the gas prices had come back down, gas was selling, and yes we filled up. Why didn't the gas stations control this better? They had control over the situation, and yet it the new it blames the consumer for filling up. WE WORK TOO and have to be able to get to work to provide for our families. Some will be out of work with no compensation while they are not working. Please update the morning news and quite repeating the whole 11:00 news.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    i couldnt believe the gas lines this past weekend Crazy as if be outa gas we the united states has so much gas on reserve so come on people calm down and look around it isnt goin to jst stop coming
  • by jim on Sep 16, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    colonial pipeline runs from texas to new jersey, can't the gas flow both directions?
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