Gas shortage hits Middle Georgia; prices up after pipeline leak
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Gas prices are up in Middle Georgia after a pipeline leak in Alabama.
Gas Buddy reports the average gallon of gas in Macon costs $2.21. Five days ago, the price was under two dollars.
Most gas stations in Middle Georgia do have fuel, after facing shortages over the weekend.
The Colonial Pipeline leak is hurting Atlanta worse. It prevented Scout Olton from driving from Woodstock back to work in Central Georgia.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do, there was no gas,” Olton said. “I left my house to go get gas and nowhere within a five mile radius had gas. But I made it here today and I’m surprised to see that y’all are almost out as well.”
Governor Deal declared a state of emergency because of the gas shortage but says the situation is improving.
Kroger has been hit hard because of the leak. The location on Russell Parkway in Warner Robins was completely out of fuel before a refill in the middle of the night.
Other locations on Watson Blvd. and Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. were only selling regular grade fuel.
Olton isn’t taking any chances – she’s keeping her tank full.
“I was very concerned and now just very aware about how much gas I have,” Olton said.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and Gov. Deal advise consumers to buy gasoline at your normal consumption level and maintain travel schedules in order to prevent further interruptions to the state’s fuel supply.
Any concerns of price gouging should be reported to the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs at 800-869-1123 or http://www.consumer.ga.gov/.