Rush to the Pump Leaves Some Stations Sold Out

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Two Lexington gas stations literally ran out of unleaded fuel Friday evening. The Shell station and the Speedway station on Leestown Road were sold out after motorists made a rush to fill up in hopes of avoiding future price hikes. The Speedway was up and running later in the evening but workers at Shell weren't sure when their next delivery of fuel was coming.

The theory behind the rush to the pump is that gas prices will increase sharply if Hurricane Ike damages oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Gas prices have already risen sharply throughout the Commonwealth over the past couple of days. This has prompted Governor Beshear to declare a state of emergency. The declaration allows the Attorney General to investigate those businesses who might be looking to profit from gas shortages.


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  • by JR Location: KY on Sep 15, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    This adds up to "Bovine Excretement"..
  • by 4wheelingforlife Location: Turkey Foot Ky on Sep 15, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    Looks like we might have to start riding Atvs or motorcycles in the future. I can get over 100 miles a tank 2 1\2 GALLONS on my Atv or my cycle.It seems the smart thing to start doing just ignore the anti Atv whiners and ride on.Remember a dollar saved is almost a loaf a bread theses days.We need to save as much as we can and the gas prices is *&%#@$% crazy. Do what you have to to make it I say
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    Report price gouging to the Feds http://gaswatch.energy.gov
  • by lcscott Location: Cumberland on Sep 14, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    I think the Governor,s remarks are a joke! Gas prices have been soaring sky high in the little old town of Cumberland for some time. Something should have been done a long time ago. The Speedway in our town is the worst for price gouging... I got gas there Wednesday for 3.75,which was already outrageously high! Thursday morning it went to 3.85 for no apparent reason and now it is 3.99 and will probably go higher by Monday morning! This station in our little town will up the price of gas if the wind blows wrong and they get by with it. So all the other stations in our town go up too,with the exception of Rudy Ison's...( the BP and the Shell)he is always higher than any other stations around! I think it is a shame that our elderly on fixed incomes have to decide whether they need the gas to make it to the doctor or if they should just miss their appointments and stay at home and use the gas money for food. Something needs to be done or else the rich will keep getting richer!!!!!!
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on Sep 14, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    What did people really expect to see. At the earliest expectation of a disaster, the oil companies jump on it. The US keeps on doing NOTHING about it. After all, we do not want to offend any one, except the tax payers.
  • by Ed Location: Ky on Sep 13, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    To report gas prices go to www.gas watch.energy. gov.The government gave this out today.
  • by Ellen Location: Clearfield, KY on Sep 13, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    This is price gouging in the worst kind of way. People were lined up at the pumps in Morehead all day on Friday even out into the streets. Glad I filled up before the prices were raised. I noticed that at Speedway the price went from 3.62 to 3.75 then back down to 3.61 the next day after the Attorney Gen. started investigating gas prices. This has got to stop. People on a fixed income doesn't stand a chance. I can't buy enough groceries to feed my family now because I have to have gas to get to work. If I work then I don't qualify for any type of assistance. Go figure. I appreciate the coverage of WKYT so that I know what's going on before I have to go to work each day. I start and end my day with WKYT. Thank you very much, you feel like part of my family.
  • by grumpy on Sep 13, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    if the media would stop scarng every one some of this would stop if you dont buy more thanyou need this would help people you are helping cause a shortage but thats no excuse for the thieving stealing oil companies and stations to clean us out the goverment needs to step in and make the fines heavy enough to deter this type of action by the oil co. we have got to have some relief
  • by dont no Location: bell on Sep 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM
    gas is it 5.00 today in bell co that is funny from one day. it was 3.99. lol
  • by Audrey Location: McKee on Sep 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    I live in Jackson county and it was awful yesterday, gas stations ran out but did get more gas. I seen gas at clover Bottom between Sand gap and Big Hill and it was 4.22 today and they are usually the cheapest gas in the county. I live on a fixed income due to a disability and support 2 teens. It is getting extremely difficult to buy the neccessities and you can't buy any thing else. My oldest is a senior in high school and it is very hard.
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