North Texas today is experiencing a temporary fuel shortage at gas stations. The coastal refineries in Texas have been shut down since before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday night. The refineries around Houston are still shut down as of today companies battle flooding that has devastated the area.
The refineries have not announced when they will be back online and has caused concerns with drivers in North Texas. Lines have formed at many gas stations and some have even ran out of gas due to the increase in gasoline consumption in the area. The Chief Editor Joey Mechelle Stenner is in North Dallas and is experiencing drivers waiting in lines and gasoline outages caused by panic buying.
The Texas Railroad Commissioner in an interview with WFAA8 today says there is not a fuel crisis in the fuel supply for Texas. The Commissioner says that there is higher demand than usual happening, which in turn leads to stations running out of gas and raising prices and many stations run out of gas which takes longer for the stations to resupply that gasoline. The higher demand is out of the normal for the stations as they receive fuel based on seasonal analysis and it may take a while for them to logistically meet the demands.
The Texas Railroad Commissioner says there is enough gasoline in reserves to keep up with the demands until the refineries are up and running again in the Houston and Corpus Christi area. The North Texas gas stations are working to keep a supply of gasoline for customers.
The reality of the situation is that when you are in the middle of the situation where you are driving down the street and see long lines at the gas stations and some gas stations out of gas it causes panic. Many people are buying more gas and filling up extra tanks in a response to seeing the higher prices and gas stations out of gasoline.