Gas Shortage Driving Up Prices

September 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Drivers are waiting in long lines all across the southeast and the crisis is so bad, the University of Georgia nearly canceled its football game Saturday.The shortage is mostly because of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which hurt the oil refining capacity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Christie Hyde, AAA, says "Problems currently being experienced in the southeast are primarily areas that are being fed by one particular pipeline and there is fuel starting to run through that pipeline again."

AAA says the problem is already starting to correct itself and it should be completely fixed in a couple weeks.

Prices in the valley haven't been affected much. Sunday, AAA says drivers are paying an average of $3.76 a gallon for unleaded gas in Fresno. It's $3.75 a gallon in Merced, and $3.81 a gallon in Visalia. Those are all about 20 cents cheaper than the prices were before the hurricanes hit.

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