A break in a fuel pipeline in Alabama has caused a supply delay across the Southeast, alarming Tennessee residents to take action.
Fear of gas shortages has caused long lines at the pump, which actually put several gas stations out of fuel.
According to petroleum experts, consumers are doing more damage by purchasing more gas than usual. Consumers trying to prevent themselves from running out of gas, are actually causing more of a shortage by buying large amounts at a time.
“We encourage consumers to maintain their normal fuel purchasing and driving patterns so that retailers have time to resupply the pumps,” says Emily LeRoy, executive director of the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association.
Some people are even hoarding at pumps. Hoarding, or filling portable fuel containers at petroleum stations, can actually increase fire risks at the pump. When filling those containers, the State Fire Marshal’s Office says you should use the following tips: (continue reading at Fox17)