Why are gas stations packed?
- “Following the shutdown, motorists have flocked to stations to top off their tanks, fearing shortages, even though pipeline officials have said they expect to ‘substantially’ restore service by the end of the week, likely limiting most of the fallout,” USA Today reports.
People flocking to gas stations to get some gas is, in effect, causing the shortage. So fear of a shortage is creating a shortage.
- “People are filling up at a breakneck pace,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for the fuel-savings app GasBuddy, according to USA Today. “There’s just no way that stations can stay anywhere near caught up.”
Why is there a gas shortage?
- “This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson in a statement. “These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.”
Per AAA, the national gas price jumped to $2.985 per gallon. There are a chance average nationwide prices could rise into the $3 area because of the supply chain breakdown. Summer travel is another reason why prices might be high for some this week.