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Old 09-18-2016, 09:25 PM
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Gas prices are going up in the Triangle. I think some of this may be price gouging. However, I have seen more folks than usual waiting at the pumps.

Lowest price 1.99/gal
Highest price 2.29/gal

A lot of prices in between those 2 numbers. is showing some prices as high as 2.45/gal
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"Price gouging" is just a bull**** PC term for capitalism or market forces.

If prices are raised too high, no one will buy. Then they will drop and buying will pick up. A balance will soon be reached.

This also helps to prevent shortages when supply drops, as people who do not truly need something are not willing to pay the higher price whereas they will buy all they can when the price is held low by government edict.
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I've seen a couple of outages in the Triangle and heard of problems in Greensboro/Burlington on Sunday. More outages in Greenville, Fayetteville and points east, Monday.

Stations seem to have diesel, but gas prices are $0.00 for empty tanks.
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There were some deliveries in the Raleigh area today, 87 only at 2.29. They're supposed to start pumping again tomorrow, but it will take some time to build reserves back up at the tank farms, distribution facilities and refill the hundreds (or thousands) of local station tanks. If I were guessing, I'd say supplies return to a normal level by next Monday and prices stay above two bucks for at least 3-4 weeks.

I filled up all three of my vehicles late Friday evening when I first learned of the issue, and then filled my 100 gallon RV tank Saturday morning, all for under 2 bucks a gallon.

I don't consider myself a 'panic buyer'...I was three days ahead of them. Knowing human nature and Murphy's Law, I simply saw it as a prep.

With the fuel pump and connections easily accessible behind a small compartment door, pumping into the container of my choice would be a pretty simple matter...just remember to bond and ground vehicles and containers to prevent static sparks!!!

Oh, yeah...I did drop $20 a piece for locking gas caps.

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The pipeline break occurred Sept 9th. We went ~7 days (Sept 16) before local news picked the story. That generated the panic buying. Another 2 days and some stations on main roads were empty or had long lines. Some places are getting resupply via tanker trucks.

By my estimate, about 10 days of fuel in the main storage depots.
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I'm in the High Point area and lots of stations were out earlier this week. Except, there was one Shell gas station I noticed had a tanker leaving around lunch time every day. Did a little research and apparently Shell owns around a 16% stake in that pipeline. And being that it was on Eastchester right down the road from the #1 tank storage facility for the east coast (Greensboro) it makes sense.
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This was nothing compared to the tropical storm (2008?) that affected Gulf state refineries.

Back then, every independent here was out of gas for a month.

Within several miles of my home only a single Exxon station regularly had fuel - and then only regular (87 octane.)

If a major (category 4 or 5) hurricane hit those same refineries...well, that's one of the reasons we've all got bicycles (& why we live less than 5 miles from work/school)
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