East Coast May Face Fuel Shortages After Storm Disrupts Major Pipeline

August 29, 2017

Flooding in Texas has spawned local fuel shortages from Austin to Dallas and disrupted the flow of petroleum on a major pipeline that moves gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to the East Coast.

The Colonial Pipeline said its system, which runs from Texas to New Jersey, is starting to have problems stemming from Tropical Storm Harvey. The notice from the company adds to concern that Houston's hard-hit energy infrastructure could result in higher fuel prices or shortages in other parts of the country.

Gasoline supplies in Dallas and San Antonio have been significantly reduced, and fuel supply is becoming more limited in Austin as well as areas as far away as Atlanta, according to Mansfield Oil, a nationwide fuel wholesaler based in Gainesville, Ga.

Gasoline prices will continue to rise and the "national average will soon hit its highest since 2015," said Patrick DeHaan, an analyst with GasBuddy.com...

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