Gas station supply crunch, price hike at the pump may put a wrench in road trip

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TO BE SURE. >> THE PIPELINE IS FLOWING. SHIPS ARE FLOWING INTO THE PORT OF BALTIMORE. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF GAS. >> SOME ENCOURAGING WORDS FROM THE GOVERNOR CONCERNING THE FUEL SITUATION. SCENES LIKE THIS ARE IT’S BECOMING A FAMILIAR SITE LONG LINES AT SERVICE STATIONS AND IT SEEMS FOR EVERY ONE STATION THAT’S OPEN ANOTHER ONE IS CLOSED. >> I THINK IT IS CRAZY. THAT PEOPLE ARE HOARDING GAS RIGHT NOW. ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE ISSUE HAS BEEN RESOLVED. IF THEY WAIT A COUPLE OF DAYS, WE CAN GET THINGS FREED UP AND GET PEOPLE GAS. >> OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS NOT JUST IN MARYLAND BUT AROUND THE COUNTRY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PANIC BUYING GAS CAUSING TEMPORARY SHORTAGES. >> I SAW A LOT OF SIGNS OVER THERE THAT SAID YOU CAN ONLY BUY AT A CERTAIN LIMIT OR WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT ALL. THEN I SAW THAT TANKER OVER THERE AND I WAS LIKE, THAT IS THE SPOT I AM COMING TO. >> THEY HAVE ABOUT ANOTHER TWO HOURS LEFT OF FUEL. >> YOUR HERE TO SAVE THE DAY. >> DRIVING TO — TRYING TO. >> DAVID LIPPMAN IS THE OPERATOR OF THAT TANKER AND WAS BUSY THURSDAY MAKING DELIVERIES HE TOLD US EVERYONE JUST NEEDS TO CHILL OUT. >> THE FUEL IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. THE MORE YOU BUY THE MORE DIFFICULT IT IS TO REFILL STATIONS AND THEY WILL RUN OUT. >> AND ON TOP OF ALL OVE THIS AAA REPORTS THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IN MARYLAND IS NOW 3 DOLLARS AND 1 CENT JUST A PENNY BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. >> THE ISSUE HAS BEEN GETTING THE SUPPLY TO WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. THERE HAS NEVER EEN A SHORTAGE AND QUITE FRANKLY, THOSE WHO ARE RUNNING OUT AND PINNOCK BUYING FUEL ARE CREATING A SHORT-TERM SHORTAGE, AS IT WERE. >> MORE EVIDENCE OF A POSITIVE TREND. A COUPLE OF GAS STATIONS WE HIT UP EARLY THIS MORNING THAT DID NOT GAS — THAT DID NOT HAVE GAS DO YOU HAVE GAS ONCE AGAIN. SPEAKING WITH THAT TANKER DRIVER HE FEELS ALL THIS SHOULD BE WRAPPED UP WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, I THE WEEKEND AT

Gas station supply crunch, price hike at the pump may put a wrench in road trip plans

Vaccinated Americans hoping to leave their masks behind and hit the road this weekend may be in for sticker shock at the pump.Gas prices hit their highest level in more than six years earlier this week, rising above $3 a gallon as demand shot up and supply was squeezed when a ransomware attack forced a massive East Coast pipeline to shut down. In several states in the Southeast, panic-buying left thousands of gas stations on empty.The average price per gallon on Friday was $3.039, according to AAA.Although the Colonial Pipeline — a critical 5,500-mile artery that runs from Houston to New Jersey — had restored operations by Wednesday night, several states in the Southeast were still reporting significant outages. In North Carolina, roughly 60% of gas stations were still dry Friday morning, according to the tracking site GasBuddy. About half of the stations in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia were out of gas.Officials have pleaded with motorists not to top off their tanks or rush to fill containers. In areas with significant outages, the re-supply of gas will likely take “a few weeks,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.Gas shortages were already a concern before the Colonial Pipeline disruption, not because of a lack of oil but rather a lack of drivers. The U.S. fuel supply hinges on specially skilled tanker truck drivers who distribute gasoline around the country. Companies that train and hire drivers say they haven’t been able to regroup from the pandemic as quickly as demand for gas has rebounded.

Vaccinated Americans hoping to leave their masks behind and hit the road this weekend may be in for sticker shock at the pump.

Gas prices hit their highest level in more than six years earlier this week, rising above $3…



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