Here we are again: Labor Day Weekend! But this year, Harvey’s horrible destruction along the gulf coast is driving up gas prices, and causing gas shortages around DFW. This has, in turn, made gas pretty hard to find. And just like electricity, we don’t know how much we need it until it’s gone (or, in this case, readily available).
But fear not: it sounds like we’re doing OK when it comes to gas.
- According to Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton, “There is plenty of gasoline. This will subside.”
- A spokesperson for Colonial Pipeline, a company that moves about 40% of the south’s gas, believes they will resume carrying fuel through Texas by Sunday.
- Douglass Distributing (who currently moves more than 130,000,000 gallons of fuel annually) has this written on their home page: “There is NO outage. There is fuel. Each delivery is just taking longer right now. We ask all of our neighbors make fuel purchases as you normally would – the worst thing we can do as a community is all of us showing up at one time to get fuel. This is creating an additional challenge for each delivery.“
That’s all well and good, but where can we get gas now?
Here are some tools to help you out:
- RaceTrac has created a “Gasoline Outage: Locations With Fuel Available” page: you can check it out here.
- QuikTrip: just like RaceTrac, they do a great job updating you on gas availability in DFW. Their page is here.
- GasBuddy: remember this app (it’s probably collecting dust on your smartphone)? Just enter your zip code/location, and a list of nearby stations pop up. That’s here.
This situation brings to mind a scene from the classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life (I’m sure you’ve watched it around Christmastime!). There was a run on the bank, and people freaked out wanting to withdraw all of their money from George Bailey’s Building and Loan (watch the scene below). After George calmly explains what’s going on, people take out only what they need. Why don’t we do the same thing with the gas we have? Only take what you need. If you have 3/4 of a tank of gas, there’s no need to fill up (even if you’re panicked): this is how a shortage could happen. There’s plenty of gas to go around: just take what you need.
I was on a 1/4 tank yesterday morning, and was able to fill-up in a matter of minutes (at the gas station next door to the radio station)! Not all gas stations have you waiting in a line a mile long.
Finally, keep in mind: as you’re complaining about the inconvenience of finding gas, our brothers and sisters in southeast Texas are suffering the inconvenience of losing everything.
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