Ingles ran out Sunday. The tanks went dry at the Kangaroo Food Store at 4:30 that afternoon as well. By mid-afternoon Sunday, the only regular unleaded gasoline in town was out at the interstate.
Like gas retailers in the Metro Atlanta area, local stores are struggling to keep their fuel flowing due to supply difficulties caused by hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
Industry officials say refineries are still ramping up after Gustav and Ike, during which they were shut down. Some station owners report they’ve been told supplies will not return to normal for a couple of weeks.
“We just had an e-mail. We should get some Wednesday morning,” said Ingles manager James Nix. His company’s massive fuel station at the south end of town ran dry Sunday afternoon.
At most places, the way to tell whether there is gasoline is whether or not vehicles are refueling. A plastic “out of service” bag over a pump handle indicates that, like the motorist, the station is out of gas.
Jackson Food Mart, 517 South Elm Street, ran out of regular Friday but got a load in Sunday night. The Shell Station further out ran out of regular Friday and hadn’t had any diesel for 11 days, Mark Whitlock said Monday morning.
Kangaroo, as of Monday morning, was out of everything but diesel and was hoping for a quick re-supply.
“I was told it would be today,” said a clerk, “but I’m not so sure about that.”
The BP station at Banks Crossing ran out Sunday night.
“I’ve no idea when I’ll get some,” a clerk said Monday morning. At that time, she said, the Race Trac station across the street had only regular unleaded, and the Citgo station had fuel. Murphy Oil - Wal-Mart - was out Sunday afternoon. No one answered a call to the fuel station Monday morning.
Things were better at the Flying J Travel Plaza, said Cheryl Appleby, a relief manager.
“We’ve got gasoline. We’re fine,” she said.
However, Flying J asked that customers observe a 10-gallon limit for gasoline.
Fuel Mart, located across the street also had gasoline to serve customers coming in off Interstate 85, as did the Citgo station and Cody Fuels, all at the same interchange.
Harden Oil Company, Maysville Road, owns five stores, including Presto’s on North Broad Street and the Banks Crossing BP.
“We are out of fuel,” said Wanda Wilson, general manager.
She explained that the company is limited to 5,000 gallons per day at the Athens and Duluth BP terminals - but could get more if it can get a driver to the Macon terminal.
“It’s a bad situation we’re in,” she said, adding that she’s been told that supply difficulties could last a couple of weeks.
But she also noted that no local stores appear to be trying to profit from the supply dilemma. Prices are all in the $3.93-$4.04 range for regular unleaded.
Sporadic outages were also reported at individual stations in Braselton and Jefferson.
There is good news on the horizon. Oil prices are down and a number of oil companies report that their supplies from the Gulf Coast are at about 80 percent of normal - compared to about 30 percent a week ago.
When the problems started and gas prices were rising to $4.00 a gallon, I hope everyone rememebers when this is all said and done that Ingles was at $4.82 a gallon, then all of a sudden when it was reported that stations records were ordered, they suddenly dropped to $3.99. This shows me they care about noone but themselves
i reported the ingles station ! on sat night everyone had gas in town bp, citco, rays, ect. including ingles but sun morning everyone was out except ingles and they were selling it at 4.82 a gal that is price gouging at its best !
Lets not forget either that oil barrels costs $100 a barrel ....the same as years ago when prices were below 3.00 an hour at that time so why are we paying so much more Now? Why is it ONLY Georgia? Every other state is averaging .50 less than Georgia for gas per gallon nor are thier shortages or lines except in the Atlanta and surrounding areas. Supplies my butt, were not the only ones on the same line but were the only ones experiencing the problem.
We here in the upstate of SC are also suffering the same shortages of gas. Western NC from what I hear is in REAL bad shape. We feel the pain of the pump as well. I fear that our supplies will be replenished even later than the Atlanta Metro area as we don't have as much population.
I personally think gas should be $10.00 a gallon until supplies come up. These folks running around topping off may think twice before filling up when their needle gets below the full mark and maybe leave some for those who really need it. The supply problem would then fix itself. Panic buying has caused the shortage to be worse than it should be. Raise the prices and when supplies come back up to normal levels then the gas stations can get back into competing among themselves and lower prices back to where the market says they should be. This anti gouging statute that has been enacted is stupid. When demand outstrips supply, businesses should be allowed to charge whatever they want for their product weather it be gas or plywood. If the customer does not like the price the seller is charging, then the buyer is free to go somewhere else. If the price the seller charges is too high they will either price themselves out of the market or they will have to lower the price in order to compete with the other sellers. Stop the panic buying and supplies will come up and prices will come down. It is called a free market economy. We have seen what government interference in private business has caused simply by looking at the banking fiasco facing our country. The government (meaning Democrats AND Republicans) starting telling private banking institutions they MUST make housing loans to people who otherwise would not be qualified for them under other circumstances, or face many unpleasantries and fines directed at their company from good ol' Uncle Sam. Well folks started defaulting, the housing market collapsed and we the taxpayers are faced with paying an unimaginable sum of money to keep the banking industry afloat. What does this have to do with the gas supply in Georgia? The state is attempting to regulate the price of gas and in doing so has created a shortage simply by scaring the heck out of gas stations and threatening fines and other sanctions if they raise their price too high. What is too high? Well, no one seems to have a set cut off price, so gas stations have to sell at a lower price and face shortages rather than raise their prices and maintain an adequate supply. Government interference in private business is never the answer to the problem as it only creates more problems in the long run. I am not an oil company executive, nor do I own stock in any oil company. I am not Dick Cheney, I don't work for Halliburton or am I even a Republican (or Democrat) for that matter. I simply realize that in order for our economy to work the government on all levels need to butt out and let the market regulate itself.