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By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Gas remains scarce in South Georgia. That's not the only problem. We're paying more on average than folks in every state except Alaska, Hawaii and Illinois.

Georgia's average is $3.98 a gallon, 24-cents higher than the national average. But there may be a little good news.  Gas experts predict the gas troubles will go away this week.

"This is crazy," said a frustrated Shaning Burns at the pumps Monday evening.

Drivers call it a crazy situation at the pumps that's taking more than just their dollars. It's taking their patience.

"It's kind of frustrating," said Burns. Frustrated people are driving to gas stations all over town. "This is my third one," said Burns, "the other ones just don't have any."

Drivers are just finding plastic bags blowing in the wind.  But long lines of cars struck gold at the Chevron gas station on Old Dawson Road Monday. "It's kind of crazy because I came all the way from the east side over here to get some gas," said Keyana Teemer.

Gas was selling for $3.79 a gallon and there was actually a good supply of it. "Going to try to get as much as I can," said Bob Parker of Lee County.

Soon drivers may not have to try to squeeze in some drops of gas at the pumps. Triple A predicts more is coming for drivers in the South. "This is something that we're dealing with but we expect the situation will be corrected fairly quickly," said Gregg Laskoski with Triple A.

Laskoski says the colonial pipeline that supplies Georgia is operational but the problem is it hasn't received the product it needs to fully supply customers. "We think that it will get the volume from those refineries in Houston and that's just a matter of time," said Laskoski.

Although people may have the time, many are running on empty. "I was about three bars away," said Teemer, "it is scary." 

"Go with the flow. That's all you can do," said Marshall Darrah.

Drivers are hoping predictions are true. "I hope so. If we can believe them," said Parker.

If not, lines will get longer and patience even shorter.

Triple-A also has another prediction. Right now, Georgia has some environmental requirements that determine when we can switch from the summer to winter blends. That's usually at the beginning of October. They predict that requirement could be lifted by Tuesday, a total of 8 days early.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, gas supplies are the lowest they've been in 41 years.  

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