Alabama pipeline spill contributes to gas shortage in Eastern North Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A gas shortage in Eastern North Carolina has drivers in a frenzy.

Sunday many local gas stations were closed, which left long lines at the ones still open.

Marquis Mitchell said he’s never seen so many people line up at gas station before, “There’s at least 20 cars at every station and people have just been waiting for gas. it’s crazy, but we all need it so we just have to wait.”

Hundreds like Mitchell waited almost an hour in long lines for gas.

Due to a pipeline leak in Alabama, gas stations are running out of gas.

Sheila Barnes waited for close to an hour.

“This is like the fourth place that I’ve gone to so this is unreal. Everyone has the little bags on their no gas left, it’s unreal,” said Barnes

On Friday, Governor Pat McCrory signed an executive order, in response to the shortage.

He said, “This executive order will help protect our motorists from excessive gas prices and ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel that is essential for the health, safety and economic well-being of businesses, consumers and visitors in North Carolina.”

But people around here are not taking any chances.

Barnes said she needs the gas for her upcoming week, “I’m unemployed looking for a job, so I have to have gas to go out and looking, so this was a panic for me. I said I need gas you know I gotta find a job, so you know it was a little overwhelming.”

Shelton Nelson also took advantage so he could help his family.

“We understand there is a little bit of a gas shortage and this is my wife’s vehicle. I just want to make sure she’s got enough gas to get around town for the rest of the week,” said Nelson

When Bruce Moser from Speedway came to fill up a station, it didn’t take long for people to take notice and swarm.

“I got here about 30 minutes ago and as soon as I pulled in the drive way people started coming in behind me, and now that the gas station is full, I don’t know how I’m gonna get out of here now,” Moser explained

Moser said many gas suppliers are backed up, but are working hard to get gas to customers as fast as possible. “Dispatch is sending me one load at a time right now, so when I get done with this one, I’ll tell them I’m done. Then they’ll send me to my next load.”

Many gas station employees said they are unsure when the next shipment of gas will be coming in.


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