Texas gas suppliers are urging residents of the lone star state to stop panic-buying gas. The largest gas distributor in Sherman, Texas, Douglass Distributing, released a statement regarding the communities mad dash to buy fuel. "Douglass Distributing and Lone Star Food Stores would like to educate everyone on the current fuel shortage that we are experiencing. The shortage is a result of a southern refinery shutting down temporarily during the storms of Hurricane Harvey. We want everyone to know that we still have access to plenty of fuel – the lines that our delivery trucks are waiting in are just much longer because of the refinery shut down."
The public statement from Douglass Distributing went on to reassure residents, "There is NO outage. There is fuel. Each delivery is just taking longer right now. We want to assure everyone that we have all of our delivery trucks out running 24 hours resupplying our local communities in Northeast Texas and South Eastern Oklahoma." The distributor didn't seem to think that fears of a gas shortage were justified. "We ask all of our neighbors make fuel purchases as you normally would – the worst thing we can do as a community is all of us showing up at one time to get fuel. This is creating an additional challenge for each delivery."
Finally, the statement did reveal the possibility of a gas outage, "If the community reacts that way – then we may cause the outage at an individual location. We do not expect the shortage to last any longer than 1 week." With the amount of water flooding the state, it seems overly optimistic to assume there won't be a shortage with such wide spread disaster but in the mean time gas is available as usual.
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