Gas Station Owners Keeping Eye on Supply

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Hurricane Ike made landfall several states away from us and many of us right here in eastern Kentucky are already feeling the affects from the storm.

The threat to gulf coast refineries sent people to the pumps as gas prices sky-rocketed on Friday and now gas stations in our area recovering from the rush.

Rumors are flying about gas prices and stations finding themselves on "E". We found that many stations still have plenty of fuel, but are keeping an eye on their supply. With Friday's rush to the pumps, some gas stations found themselves a little short. The Boone Ledge Marathon is limiting customers to $20 per trip while they wait for their next shipment.

Worker Tammy Green says, "We're not for sure they haven't told us yet. Maybe tomorrow we'll get our next shipment in."

Co-worker Sarah Burton says, "It's just a shortage of gas. We don't have it coming in. If we don't have it we can't sell it."

The Hazard Shellmart ran out of regular on Friday after limiting their gas to emergency vehicles only. Now they are out of premium, but have a full supply of regular. But state police, along with many others, took every precaution at the height of the storm.

State Trooper Tony Watts says, "We just, for precautionary reasons, and our troopers were just told to top their tanks off, just in case something was to come up."

Rumors that the Pikeville Walmart would be without fuel for weeks were debunked as dozens filled up their tanks. Workers say they have plenty of fuel. But it was a rough ride for some people making their way to the Commonwealth.

"My wife was filling her truck up, people were fighting over the gas pumps, at that time. No body had fuel, diesel fuel within 35 or 40 miles of our house," says Shannon Bullis of North Carolina.

Then again, not everyone is worried.

Donnie Justice from Pikeville says, "Well, I don't think we're going to run out. I don't think we have any problem to worry about."

"We want everyone to be safe. We don't think anyone should panic. And we think this is just a temporary thing," says Trooper Tony Watts.

The cost of a gallon of regular is hovering around $4 across most of eastern Kentucky.

We did not find any gas station that were completely without gas today, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

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