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Does Alabama have a gas shortage?

“Please don't panic. Continue your normal buying habits,” said Fletcher. Governor Kay Ivey's office released a statement saying there is currently no shortage of gas in Alabama, she urges everyone to fill up only if needed and to not fill up multiple containers. Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. WKRG News 5‘Please, don’t panic,’ experts say there is no gas shortage, urge patience

Why is there a gas shortage in Virginia?

– Virginia is under a State of Emergency due to potential gas shortages, after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. At 5,500 miles long, it serves as the primary source of fuel for much of the east coast. According to the FBI, Russian hackers are to blame, but it should be up and running by the end of the week. WSLS 10Virginians fill up on fuel as Commonwealth faces potential gasoline shortage

Lewisburg, WV (WVNS) — Drivers in southern West Virginia are flocking to the gas pumps following a reported gas shortage after the Colonial Pipeline hack. On Tuesday, May 11, 59News received multiple reports of long lines at gas stations, and some places selling out of gas.

In Lewisburg, Beckley, and Oak Hill, people were lining up at the pumps to refuel. Gas prices are also continuing to climb this week, up to $2.96 in some locations. We were told the Shell Station in Fairlea, WV was out of gas, as well as the Go Mart in Lewisburg, WV.

The colonial pipeline carries product from Texas to Maine. Greg Darby, the President of Little General, said at these pipelines there is product moving every minute, and up to four days worth of inventory at a time. He said most of the fuel coming into our area comes by truck from Roanoke or up the river from Charleston.

The product comes from the refineries in Texas to Roanoke through the pipeline, and if one of these steps stops working, it throws the whole system off.

“So when something happens, it really affects it for weeks and weeks because it has to get caught up and made up for the shortages,” said Darby.

Currently 17 states are in a state of emergency in response to the unavailability of gas. Darby said shortages were a problem before the pipeline.

“And another problem is truck driver shortage. There is a major truck shortage in today’s world even when we weren’t on allocation we were having trouble getting product,” said Darby.

Darby said we can expect a shortage while the pipeline companies work to get things back on track. People were already out at the pumps, and everyone has different ideas on what to expect.

“I’m scared they might have prices go up if there is a shortage. They are claiming in one of the states, I think it was North Carolina, they closed the stations and I need to go to work,” said Thomas Wood, who was filling up at a local gas station.

“No, I’m not panicking. I’m going to just take it one day at a time and if we run out then I guess we are gonna have to walk,” said Thomas Bradley, who was shopping at the same gas station.

Traci Nelson, the President of the WV Oil Marketers and Grocers Association, said people do not need to panic. They are hoping Colonial Pipeline will make a decision within the next day or so to come back online.

Both Nelson and Darby said there is not a fuel shortage, and any shortage in the area could be caused by panic buying.

“That can really be a problem because we are on allocation and we only get so much based off of what we normally sell so if people are going out an buying extras there will be shortages,” said Darby.

He said while he understands the concerns people have, he asks everyone to do their part to keep from making things worse.

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) -- During the Beckley City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, councilmembers talked about the proposed remote workers program. The goal of the program is to attract those working remotely to move to Beckley.

If passed, the city would give remote workers $5,000 to adjust to their new life in Beckley. The city would put in a total of $50,000 into the program to be dispersed over a five year period.

City council members voted to pass the Beckley CROWN Ordinance. Many residents came out to sit on the lawn and voice why it was so important to pass something like this.

"I always had an excuse, really because I don't like shots. And it just seemed like an inconvenience. I'm not going to get it…I'm young," said Pastor Friend.

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Gas prices on the rise: Kentucky, Indiana among highest weekly increases across US

WLKY Louisville 12 May, 2021 - 01:20am

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Gas prices are on the up across the country after a major pipeline shut down due to a cyberattack and Kentucky saw some of the highest increases.

A new report from AAA found that national gas prices jumped an average of 6 cents over the past week due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown, which delivers an estimated 45 percent of all fuel to the East Coast, according to the motoring and leisure travel membership organization.

"This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.”

The fuel pipeline remained largely paralyzed Monday after a ransomware cyberattack forced the temporary shutdown of all operations late last week — an incident that laid bare vulnerabilities in the country's aging energy infrastructure.

Over the weekend, the pipeline operator began working to develop a restart plan for its pipeline system and was able to start operations for some of its ancillary lines. On Monday, Colonial acknowledged it will take time to restore all of its systems and said hopes to substantially restore operational service by the end of the week.

According to AAA, the longer the pipeline is offline, the larger the impact on the east coast. The organization found that here in Kentucky, gas prices jumped by 12 cents in the past week. That's the second-highest jump across the country, behind the 15-cent increase in Michigan.

Indiana was also not far behind, with a 10 cent increase.

The increases across Kentuckiana put the two states in the top five for the nation's largest weekly increases, according to the AAA report.

The report found that if the increases continue, just another jump of three cents would make the national average the most expensive since November 2014.

And while the pipeline operator works to alleviate the issues by the end of the week, there is little relief available elsewhere, according to AAA. Other pipelines and the U.S Department of Transportation's temporary hours of service exemption for tanker trucks transporting gasoline and other fuels will ease the strain, but not resolve the issues.

AAA also found that when the pipeline is back up and running, there "could still be residual delays as it takes about 15-18 days for fuel to flow from Texas to New York."

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Gas shortage hitting the US

News4 WSMV Nashville 12 May, 2021 - 01:20am

Drivers flock to pumps due to perceived gas shortage, creating actual shortage at some stations

WSLS 10 11 May, 2021 - 10:38pm

A quick trip to the pump was not the experience most people had Tuesday trying to get gas. Paul Divers of Roanoke was one of nearly a hundred sitting in line for fuel at the local Sam’s Club.

“I’m on half a tank right now but everyone’s trying to fill up so I’m trying to get some gas before the prices go way up,” Divers said.

Mid-Tuesday fears of a perceived gas shortage took off sending people to the pump whether they needed gas or not. Many were confused and frustrated. Divers said it reminded him of when gas was $4 a gallon.

“That was back in like 2012, that was the last time I sat in a line like this,” Diver said.

The Colonial Pipeline provides nearly half the fuel for the East Coast and was the victim of a cyberattack a few days ago. It shut down operations as a precaution and began trucking fuel to make up for the service interruption. The company said it’s working around the clock to restore the fuel delivery system to full service and some pieces of the line have already returned to full service.

But news of the shutdown fueled the panic. Andy Gill is the fuel manager for his family’s chain of Virginia-based gas stations, GB, and said those stations that don’t already have fuel supply agreements in place are hurting the most. His company has those agreements and is still experiencing issues in some cases.

“I do expect supply to be very tight, we’re having major issues getting gas,” Gill said. “We’re going to dry up some of these stations for no reason, and now the truckers and the suppliers have to work harder to get those replenished and people are just buying more than needed, I think.”

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Shayne Dwyer is an award-winning journalist and a member of the 10 News team since May 2018.

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