Cars lining up for gas as supplies dwindle
HOUSTON, Texas (AP):
Filling fuel tanks has become increasingly difficult in parts of Texas where some stations are out of gas and pump costs have risen steeply.
In Dallas, lines of cars a block long were common for the few gas stations that had gasolene to sell yesterday. The scene was reminiscent of the gas lines seen during the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s.
One Chevron station in downtown Dallas that sold regular gas for $2.29 a gallon just before the storm was charging $2.99 yesterday. Others charged well over $3, and one downtown Shell station charged $3.97 for a regular gallon of gas. At three gas stations in north Dallas, yellow bags or caution tape was wrapped around pumps just after noon.
Halt in sales
The supply crunch has prompted QuikTrip, one of the nation's largest convenience store chains, to temporarily halt gasolene sales at about half its 135 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Instead, gasolene deliveries are going to designated stores across all parts of the metro area, QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said.
The Texas attorney general's office said anyone seeing gas prices of $4 or higher should take pictures and report the stations as price-gouging.