Gas in Asheville: More Expensive, Short SupplyBy
And worse yet, there will no quick fix in the next several days, officials said.
â€œPeople are panicked,â€ said Marsha Messer, manager of the Roadrunner Shell station on Merrimon Avenue. Messer stood in the stationâ€™s parking lot Monday afternoon directing lines of cars.
â€œWeâ€™ve already had three fights today. Thatâ€™s why we have the cops here, â€œ she said, pointing to Asheville police patrol cars parked to the side.
The shortages have spread across much of the Southeast as most the 15 Gulf Coast refineries shut down by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike have yet to come back on line, cutting the nationâ€™s petroleum supply by 22 percent.
Some experts said Ashevilleâ€™s relative remoteness from the Colonial Pipeline, the main artery for East Coast gasoline supplies, and sparse population compared with major metropolitan areas could be adding to the problem…”
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Oh, it gets better. Not only is gas more expensive in Asheville than the rest of the state, the price of a barrel of oil jumped $25.00 yesterday in its biggest ever 1 day gain. Get ready for a jump in prices, no matter what the news is reporting.