By Outer Banks Voice on May 11, 2021
Long lines and “No gas” signs were the order of the day on May 11 as the Outer Banks has started feeling the impact of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. By mid-afternoon, a drive along the bypass in Kill Devil Hills, for example, revealed either empty stations that had run out of supply or overcrowded ones that created traffic jams and required someone to play traffic cop.
As chief executive of one of the states affected by the shutdown, Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency and has allowed for fuel waivers to make it easier to transport fuel supply in North Carolina.
In an effort to stem a panicky stampede to the gas pumps, he also released a statement on May 11 indicating that, “I have talked today with federal officials including Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and we have a full court press to get the Colonial Pipeline back up and fully operating quickly. Report price gouging and please don’t rush to top off your tanks.”
In the meantime, the AAA has released a forecast of higher prices at the pump as a result of the pipeline shutdown. Noting that the price of a gallon jumped 6 cents to $2.96 last week, the AAA release quotes spokesperson Jeanette McGee as saying, “Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week. These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.”