Ingles Markets, a local fuel retailer, has confirmed the initial report of Moonshine that there is a supply issue in the area. However, they emphasize no cause for panic, just a series of unfortunate events. Moonshine can report however that these issues are widespread through the Western North Carolina area and have affected many local fuel retailers. Moonshine will continue following this story.
Moonshine has received a tip from an anonymous source that a local fueling station has run out of regular unleaded gasoline, and that other stations are having similar issues. Apparently, according to the source, the issue stems from a supply chain issue involving the same pipeline that runs from the Gulf, to Upstate South Carolina. Moonshine can confirm that many stations in the local Buncombe area are in fact out of gasoline at this time, and the list keeps growing. This does not appear to be an isolated incident, or only involving a single chain of gas stations.
Do you remember several years ago when a handful of hurricanes managed to shut down oil refineries on the Gulf of Mexico? If you had to get anywhere for those few weeks, I can imagine that you do. A slight hiccup in the supply chain was the cause of widespread shortages in the distribution area that is supplied by a gasoline pipeline that runs from the United States Gulf Coast, to Upstate South Carolina.
For those of us too young to have lived through, or remember the gas rationing of the 70′s, this was both uncomfortable, and a little scary. Uncomfortable because we have grown accustomed to instant transportation, frightening because of the implications of being stranded without gasoline. We live in a society that is mobile, we are constantly on the go, and to go, many of our modes of transport require fossil fuels.
We find ourselves in a similar situation. The details as to what is causing the supply issue are unclear, and at this time, nonexistent. What is clear however, is that local fueling stations are indeed running out of fuels.
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