“I wouldn’t be too worried yet about widespread issues,” he said.
The ripple effects of Harvey in Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico have been blamed for driving up prices at pumps locally on top of normal increases tied to expectations of increased demand from Labor Day weekend travelers.
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, why is it so high?’ ” said Larry Houser of Doraville while filling up Saturday. Then he said he figured out it was Harvey’s fault.
“It’s crazy. I hope they go down soon.”
Bad news on that front. Both AAA and GasBuddy expect prices to go up more.
Expect prices to rise another 10 to 20 cents around the nation, with prices in Georgia and the Southeast hugging the upper end of that scale, said Megan Osborne, a spokeswoman for AAA — The Auto Club Group.
The Southeast typically relies on gasoline from Gulf Coast areas affected by the hurricane.
Refineries in the Houston area apparently didn’t suffer a lot of damage and are expected to be back online fairly quickly, Osborne said.
Prices should recede in late September or early October, she said.
And there should be sufficient fuel supplies, she said. “We are not expecting to see bags on the pump anytime soon.”
She pointed out that the federal government has released hundreds of thousands of barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and refineries in the Northeast are increasing production to send fuel to the Southeast by barge.
In other news:
People who live in the area say the hole gets bigger every time it rains.