It's not just Nashville. In Murfreesboro, Smithville, Franklin and other outlying towns it's the same. The news is reporting that no gas at all can be found in Franklin. TV interviews with some of the waiting in line 'victims' show some saying they would pay anything, "I need gas". One girl was even crying because she was afraid of getting fired from her job if she couldn't get there.
A real shortage or contrived with Tennessee as a test case to see how the masses will react in the event of shutdowns? So far no riots.
We've heard from a couple of station owners who are refusing shipments that have a wholesale price of $4.50 or more a gallon. They're afraid of getting stuck if supplies break loose.
Authorities say relief is on the way. A barge or barges with 3 million gallons are supposed to be docked in Nashville waiting for the logistics of distribution.
Panic buying may have contributed or be the underlying cause??
It's hard to say at this moment. I filled a vehicle up for the first time in months myself.
Midstate Gas Stations Running On Empty
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Limited gas supply in some Middle Tennessee gas stations attracted long lines Friday.
Stations are running out of fuel. When drivers do find a station with a new shipment, they're packing into those stations in large numbers.
NewsChannel 5's news helicopter Sky 5 spotted several gas stations with long lines and traffic jams.
"I saw a BP that had some but there were cars lined in the streets so I kept going," said Mark Pearson, a driver. "I passed six or seven stations on my way but nothing."
At stations where gas was available, lines stretched out to the streets. In some cases, police had to step in to clear out traffic problems caused by those long lines.
You know you've got a national infrastructure to be proud of when one of the country's largest cities is pretty much out of gas. From the Tennessean:
East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee both primarily receive fuel supplies through spurs of the Colonial pipeline, which carries refined gasoline from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Northeast. [Hurricane] Ike damaged and knocked out power to many of those refineries, cutting the amount of gasoline fed into the pipeline.
The shortage should be remedied by next week, the paper reports:
The state is scheduled to receive 1.42 million barrels of gasoline over the next week, roughly matching its typical demand of 1.44 million barrels, Heidt said.
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