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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  • by grumpy on Sep 15, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    gas goes up everything goes up gas comes down the food dont come down if that is not gouging what is it is called supply and demand its still gouging the oil men kept the supply low to keep the price up we can also cause a supply problem by buying every thing up and cause a shortage because the news and people get panicky buy what you need but dont get more than that that will help with the supply problem the station owners will burn us every chance they get its called greed
  • by A Location: KY on Sep 14, 2008 at 08:43 PM
    If it weren't for the media, things wouldnt have gotten so out of hand. The "reporters" are the reason for this mass hysteria that we are living with right now.
  • by upset Location: kentucky on Sep 14, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    here we are paying high prices for gas them makeing trilloins in proffits but cant afford to fix what has broken they take it out on the public let say much does not happen to the plants...... how the public going to get there money back ..... or is that just trilloins more they going to make ...they jurking us around and the gov is letting them .... i think my car might break down would someone pay for it before it does so i dont have to
  • by Jessica Location: virgie on Sep 14, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    all gas n go (food city ) is out of gas today
  • by me Location: hazard on Sep 14, 2008 at 03:22 PM
    I understand that Gas is a retail Item just like your cigarettes,Beer, Soda, clothing and shoes, why do you not cry about the price of these items, you will pay $100.00 for a pair of jeans for your Daughter that hang low on her hips then another 50 for a Blouse that comes just below her Bra, but you wonder how she is going to get to School with Gas $3.99 a Gallon. funny, just don't understand you people.
  • by Faye Location: Harlan on Sep 14, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    I think enough is enough, it's like the oil companies are just toying with us, we don't know from one day to the next how much we are going to have to pay for gas,I try to budget as much as I can, but how can you budget, with the prices bouncing around like they are? I think it is high time that the goverment step in and regulate the prices or something, let's face it there are enough stress in our everday lives without having to stress out about gas prices. I honestly don't know how we are going to make it, we won't be able to afford to go to work, so if we don't work what does that tell you about the economy? Lets be real this madness needs to stop, because with the gas being so high it is causing everything else to go up.
  • by Davd Location: Corbin on Sep 14, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    Report price gouging to the Feds
  • by Brittany Location: Hunter on Sep 13, 2008 at 05:16 PM
    i think this is so stupid how are our children gonna get back an fourth to school .


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