hoarders blamed for aggravating run on fuel - 55 gallon drum
After Hurricane Harvey, hundreds of gas stations in San Antonio are still not fueling.
Common attractions in the city on Labor Day weekend include gas stations, water pumps at gas stations with bags and signs that say "sold out ".
At gas stations, long lines surround the city blocks.
For those who drive for a living, the water pumps and long lines that are closed may mean days when they are not working.
The Gulf Coast's refining capacity was shut down for about a quarter due to the storm, but gasoline shortages and supplies deteriorated due to panic and hoarding, experts and city officials said.
Without fuel, drivers of County Line Taxis are all sitting at home, Charles, manager of Boerne-
The headquarters is located in the taxi company.
"We do not receive any new passengers.
"We don't have a reservation," said Charles . ".
The company usually lists a roster of 27 cars.
At the moment, only two people have fuel, which has been saved to transport people with medical emergencies, Charles said.
He said he was considering whether to close the store before gasoline returned.
At Poppy's Pizza, the driver didn't have enough gas to go to work, let alone buy a pie for the customer.
"It makes delivery a little difficult," said Jeffrey handler, Pizza manager at Poppy . ".
The same is true of the Wok on the wheel, which provides services throughout the northeast side.
"It's hard for our driver to find gas," said Nicole Thompson, a wheel driver and cashier.
Some drivers can't come to work, Thompson said, and if he doesn't leave at 5 in the morning, she and her husband won't go to work. m. to get gas.
His latest post on social media Sunday night, Mayor Ron nellenberg, said the city asked the state to provide more frequent updates to the public, although he wanted to limit the purchase of gas, a power that lies in the state government.
"San Antonio, I feel your frustration and share it with you," the mayor wrote on Facebook . ".
"The market in our city is being given priority, with natural gas being supplied daily, with more than usual.
But demand has not decreased, and our cities consume more fuel than the average, mainly due to panic and hoarding.
"The mayor urges residents to take alternative transportation, carpooling or work from home until the fuel allocation is normalized.
The mayor said in an article on Saturday that the purchase of natural gas in San Antonio was 2.
Five times, and said citizens hoard fuel.
In other statements, he noted that city officials reported that 55-gallon drums.
"If we all refuel as needed, not over-refuel --
"Consumption, we will accelerate the return to normal," wrote Consuming Berg . ".
The mayor also uploaded a video of a bank run in the movie classic, "it's a Wonderful Life.
Refineries along the coast were closed before Harvey, but experts say fuel supplies should return to normal soon.
Karr Ingham, oil and gas economist at Amarillo, said it would take two to three weeks for the industry to run smoothly again.
AAA spokesman Jeanette Casselano said in a press release that national gasoline prices rose by an average of 4 cents per gallon after the storm.
According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in San Antonio on Sunday should be $2. 39.
Supply trucks are now transporting gas from Corpus Christi and other refineries, according to the mayor's office.
Drivers who need fuel turned to apps like gasbuddy.
As of Sunday afternoon, the app reported more than 400 stations without fuel, compared to just under 200 stations with fuel.
Late Friday afternoon, Shell gas stations in Olmos Park were out of oil.
That day, a cargo truck was supposed to have about 3,000 gallons, but when it didn't come, people rushed to the pump.
Manager Amir Khan recalled that they created a line to support all four arms around the island nearby.
In the days since, Khan said he received calls from about 500 people a day who wanted to know if he had gas.
Sometimes they want to complain when he says he doesn't complain, but Khan says he knows he can't do anything.
"I didn't listen to them," Khan said . ".
"I don't have time to do that.
I just answered the phone and told them I was out of oil.
As he spoke, the two cars passed through his pump, which was wrapped in a yellow warning and drove away again.
For the trailer company, the shortage of fuel means a surge in the delivery of tank fuel to drivers running out of fuel.
Barbara Morales of New Era Towing said the company received 244 fuel delivery calls on Saturday. As of mid-
She said the company received 45 phone calls on Sunday morning.
Her company also had to drag a driver who ran out of gas in the United States. S. 90.
Perales said the driver said he was trapped there for three hours.
After being dragged to the gas station, he was allowed to line up to refuel.
Perales waited in line for gas while she was talking.
She blamed the ho product for the shortage of gas and said she restricted personal driving in order to save gas.
"People will be scared and they will be shocked," Perales said . ".
"When you have greedy people, filled with big containers, then it limits the amount of fuel that others have.
Despite the limited supply of drivers and fuel, many restaurants say they will continue shipping throughout Labor Day weekend.
"This is our life," said Thompson of Wok on Wheels.
"We still have work to do.