Gas prices in metro Atlanta ticked down Friday, but fuel supplies were still tight enough for some stations to run dry.
The average price of regular gas was at $4.04 a gallon, while some stations dipped as low as $3.59, according to AtlantaGasPrices.com.
Atlanta gets virtually all its gasoline from the Gulf, so while pipelines were open, supplies were still below normal.
Stocks of gas were already low because of shutdowns forced by Hurricane Gustav. Moreover, refineries were in the midst of a yearly transition to “winter gas” from gas formulated for summer driving.
The article notes this as well, but a state representative from the northside tells me, “due to Atlanta’s non-attainment on pollution levels, Congress mandated oxygenates to be added to all gasoline sold in the ATL metro area. Oxygenates (such as ethanol) help fuel burn cleaner. the federal mandated fuel formulas for our area is known as the ‘Atlanta blend.'” The legislator adds, “During times of shortage like what happened with Hurricane Katrina, the Gov can issue executive orders to allow fuel used in other parts of the state to be sold in metro Atlanta.”
Basically, what this legislator is saying that there isn’t a shortage of gas in surrounding areas. It turns out that Nashville is running out of gas as well.
No gas stations around me have gas. I nearly didn’t make it to work on Friday. I made it from my home to my office (about 20 miles) on fumes. I had to go out today to get gas for my lawnmower. I wound up driving eight miles to find a gas station that had fuel.
My point is that we may not have this problem if the Governor would stop intervening and allow gas stations to base the price at the pump on supply. People would only buy as needed.
I don’t believe price gouging is wrong and I believe the Governor’s ignorance has caused this problem.