Colonial Pipeline Ruptures Causing Georgia Gas Shortage
As if combating heavy traffic isn’t enough for Atlanta drivers to concur throughout the work week, now a new problem arises: gas shortages following an Alabama pipeline leak; and the shortages have escalated so bad Georgia drivers wonder if they can find an operative gas station within their city limits.
Russell Stookey an attorney in North Georgia reports, “We’re out of gas “Every station I’ve gone by, they’ve got signs saying, ‘no gas.’ Reports of closed stations varied from Conyers to Carrollton and further.
Along with long pump lines and frustrated drivers, gas prices have gone up and even doubled from what some consumers are used to paying. According to AAA, the average price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Georgia was about $2.10, and within only a week prices rose to about $2.32. As gas prices steadily increase, cars continue to spill out onto the streets of Northern Georgia desperately waiting to re-up in their gas supply.
Why is there a shortage in gas supply?
Somewhere along the Colonial pipeline, a rupture caused an estimated 250,000 to more than 330, 000 gallons of fuel to spill. The pipeline has a critical connection from refineries along the Gulf Coast to numerous states, running from Houston to North Carolina. According to their website, Colonial pumps more than 100 million gallons of various fuels daily, and their network of pipelines stretch more than 5,500 miles.
What are the plans for fixing the gas crisis in Georgia?
Until the Alabama pipeline can be restored, Gov. Nathan Deal initiated an emergency EPA waiver that temporarily waives certain federal restrictions thereby permitting truckers to stay on roads longer to deliver fuel. These measures should implement an effective plan to maintain the Georgia gas supply as long as people maintain normal consumption level and travel routes.
Are there any gas stations offering lower pricing?
Metropolitan residents are quickly resorting to social media, downloading mobile apps, and simply calling local gas stations to track down reasonable suppliers within their area. Many are loading the GasBuddy App (available in Apple app store and Google Play), which tracks useful information and pinpoints exactly which gas stations have gas. The following gas suppliers are reported to maintain the best deals:
- Your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club are often where gas prices will be lowest.
Other options for regular unleaded gas:
- Southwest, Atlanta, gas was $2.27 at the UFO at 340 Whitehall Street.
- Northwest Atlanta, the cash-only gas price was $2.35 at the Marathon at 2756 Cobb Parkway.
- College Park, the cash-only price of regular gas was $2.19 a gallon at the Exxon at 5231 GA-85.
- Alpharetta, gas was $2.25 a gallon at the Shell gas station at 560 North Main Street.
- East Point, gas was $2.27 at the Shell at 2641 Main Street.
- Duluth, the cash-only gas price was $2.35 at Valero at 1932 Pleasant Hill Road
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