As Trevor mentioned, the EPA has issued a waiver to allow the 45 counties in Georgia to sell a higher sulfur content gasoline previously prohibited.
Dan Gilligan, president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, which represents about 1,000 marketers, compared the crisis to a row of dominoes. A pair of hurricanes hampered production, refining and supply. Some gas station chains, which usually buy gas as they need it, found themselves without gas to buy â€” and closed.
And that tipped consumers into a buying mode, said Gilligan. “When they close, that creates a panic mentality.”
Metro Atlanta is one of the few places with a shortfall, and its problem could ease now that the environmental restrictions have been relaxed, Gilligan said.
“The EPA should have waived the sulfur standard a long time ago,” he said.
The EPA has also restriction waivers in place in Texas, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, EPA spokesman Dave Ryan said.
In his letter to Perdue, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson acknowledged metro Atlanta is experiencing “acute shortages” and that there is “not an adequate supply of fuel meeting the requirements of Georgia’s” Clean Air laws.
Sure, we’ll get gas in our cars, but what about the children? How will our gas lust impact them? Who’s looking out for the children?