Some Gas Stations Empty

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

August 31, 2005

Lines at some local gas stations are at an all-time low, but this isn't because of bad business--some stations simply ran out.

The Shell gas station just outside of Lake Monticello in Fluvanna county had the same fate as many others in Fluvanna--the tanks are empty.

Employees said they have rarely ever run out of gas, especially not for this long. They cleared out of unleaded fuel between 4-5:00 p.m. this afternoon and they say there is very little diesel left this evening. They were hoping to fill-up the tank by Thursday morning and now they are hoping just for Thursday night--saying that the shipments are backed-up. Customers have been everything from terrified to irate.

"I was shocked at $'s $2.94 now? It's gone up 20 cents since this morning. That is amazing," said Douglas Baum who tried to buy gas tonight.

Employees said the price at this gas station jumped 40 cents in just one day and they are very worried to see how prices will climb over the weekend, however, only time will tell.

Governor Warner is encouraging Virginians to try to conserve on gas if they can. There was concern that Katrina may be to blame. Power outages have closed many Louisiana and Mississippi pumping stations that serve two of Virginia's big gas suppliers.

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