Monday, September 29, 2008

Off The Georgia News Wires...

Expect Gas Shortage To Stick Around, Says Expert
The gas shortage in metro Atlanta will continue for several more weeks,

leaving the majority of gas stations across the area dry and frustrated
drivers searching for fuel, a petroleum company executive said Sunday.

"We're beyond panic; we're into desperation," said Tex Pitfield,
chief executive of Saraguay Petroleum in Atlanta. Pitfield said
Gulf Coast refineries knocked out by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav are
coming back on line, but it will take weeks for the pipeline to
Atlanta to reach full capacity."We are in for several weeks of the
same conditions before it gets better," said Pitfield.The shortage
has hit hardest in Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and the Carolinas,
including the Charlotte area and the mountain towns to the west. For
days it has closed civic offices, cut short workdays and even
canceled community college classes.
Governor's Office Responds To Gas Problem
Perdue's press secretary stated Sunday that the governor's office is
doing what it can to make life easier
for metro Atlanta drivers.
"From requesting a waiver from the EPA, to
relaxing restrictions
on the hours drivers can haul fuel and the
amount they can haul,"
said a spokesperson for the governor. "The
problem is that the
refineries are still not working at 100 percent

No Gas Has Atlanta Drivers Wondering How They'll Get To Work
With no gas to get around, many people are spending a lot of time at
home, clicking away on their
computers to complain about area gas
One of the biggest issues for folks whose gas tanks are on
empty is how they'll get to work or drop
their kids off at school this week.
"I don't have access to a MARTA
bus in my area," one poster wrote on several
gas-related online forums
. The poster went on to write, "I called my boss and
told him
I can't make it. He told me to keep looking [for gas] and call him
back if I don't find any. As the gas situation worsens in the state of Georgia,
many drivers have
called upon the governor to do more to fix the problem.

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