Locals line up for gas

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With Hurricane Ike bearing down on the Gulf Coast and threatening to disrupt gasoline supplies, hundreds of Augusta area residents found themselves competing to put fuel in their vehicles late Thursday.

Long lines were seen at a number of gas stations, including the Circle K at 226 Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, where there had been a continuous stream of cars since mid-afternoon, clerk Sandra Thomas said.

Overall, customers kept the peace, she said, but a few got out of hand.

"I saw a few arguments, so we called the police," she said.

A block away at Greg's Gas Plus, customers complained that regular grade prices spiked from $3.57 at 4 p.m. to $3.79 three hours later, said Will Huggins, who was filling up his tank.

A clerk at the Shell station at 13th and Ellis streets in downtown Augusta said the station has had warning signs taped to its empty gas tanks since Wednesday morning.

"Our manager said it was because of the hurricane and when we start selling again, it'll cost $1.50 more," said the clerk, who identified herself only as Buffy.

At the Jones Street BP station near the River Watch Parkway entrance, signs on all pumps asked customers to limit their purchases to 10 gallons per customer.

Longtime Augusta resident and BP customer Moses Reades, 69, said he's skeptical of the entire situation.

"They've got plenty of gas -- it's an alibi to get more profits," he said. "They'll tell us anything. I blame it all on George Bush."

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/12/08 - 03:51 am
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Moses...what are you

Moses...what are you thinking? You need to blame it on the oil companies who will use ANY excuse to jack up the prices! I've seen them hike up the prices just for a THREAT of a hurricaine coming through...well, that's actually what's happening here, isn't it? The storm hasn't hit yet, but they're hiking the gas up anyway. I told my wife to fill up our car yesterday on her way home, but it was only because the price at one location of Kroger went up 12 cents overnight, so she went to another location where it hadn't risen yet. Sorry, can't blame George on this one. And what are you going to do next year, Moses?? Are you going to blame Barack if he gets into office?? No...then ya'll democrats will still be blaming the republicans!

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 09/12/08 - 04:25 am
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I'm so sick of gas going up

I'm so sick of gas going up "just because" a storm might hit. Looks like the oil companies are using Mother Nature to get rich.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 09/12/08 - 04:26 am
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My-Op... Cheney and Bush have

My-Op... Cheney and Bush have a deal with oil companies. The govt will create the panic and fear motif, the companies will share the profits. It works in Iraq, so why not bring the fear home again? The prices went up because the demand exceeded supply and the supply will be diminished while the 'cane moves thru the gulf states and the refineries there. See how everyone rushed to the stations to get fuel..after prices went up? Gotcha! Cha-ching!$$

clearview
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clearview 09/12/08 - 04:36 am
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Thank you, Chronicle, for

Thank you, Chronicle, for locating Moses Reades and revealing why some local gas stations are out of gas. I wish I had his qualifications: Augusta resident and gas consumer. George Bush is incredible. How does he do it!?

g-dog express
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g-dog express 09/12/08 - 04:37 am
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You need to blame it on the

You need to blame it on the local gas stations. The price per barrel is at a 5 month low. There is no reason for these high prices except at the local level. Bush and Cheney have nothing to do with local crooks.

Reality
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Reality 09/12/08 - 04:42 am
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You all have played right

You all have played right into their hands. Everyone has done so good about conserving gas, that the price has gone down. Now since the price of oil has gone down OPEC is reducing output to keep the price inflated. When you all rushed out to fill up you have bought the product on the market they couldn't get rid of.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 09/12/08 - 04:44 am
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supply =

supply = availability+speculation.... demand = fear+loathing... locals are responding to supplies speculated to be unavailable due to shut downs of refineries while the 'cane moves on by. If it ain't trucked in then in won't be available at the local pump. Freaked out drivers amassed at the pumps to save maybe $5 and the demand drained the available supply. It's what retailers do to cover for anticipated futures losses due to lack of available product. In the end, for the local retailers, they might break even once supply meets demand again. It's called staying in business. Don't like the high prices? Keep your tanks full if you can afford it. Keep extra cans full at home as back-ups. Buy when prices are low. Don't buy during panic attacks created by high officials media blitzes and speculators. Stay ahead of the game.

double_standard
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double_standard 09/12/08 - 04:45 am
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It's funny that gas is now

It's funny that gas is now going up after the RNC. There was also a major storm set to hit the gulf coast the weekend before the convention but gas prices didn't change at all. Now with the new polls out and John Mcain "pulling away" from Obama we get this sudden rise in gas prices.

PTHS2
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PTHS2 09/12/08 - 05:08 am
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See what happens when the

See what happens when the enviornmental wackos block the construction of any new refineries for the past 25 years? Too bad the fools can't run their vehicles on crude.....

uscbelle
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uscbelle 09/12/08 - 05:22 am
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This should be considered

This should be considered price gouging and these service stations should be fined. How do you justify raising prices on something that has not happened yet????

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 09/12/08 - 05:57 am
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If you want to get angry

If you want to get angry about something, why not consider that in the three years since Katrina, we are not one inch closer to having refining capacity somewhere other than a hurricane prone area.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 09/12/08 - 06:08 am
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Points2- You make a good

Points2- You make a good point. Belle- it happens daily on the stock market. Speculation drives the economy, not sales or manufacturing. If you're a good guesser, you can anticipate these changes and be prepared. Scouts should know this from their 3rd grade training for the wolf badge.

lady_alessandra
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lady_alessandra 09/12/08 - 06:10 am
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$5 a gallon during a storm is

$5 a gallon during a storm is price gouging. I recall people getting in trouble with the law in Georgia three years ago when Katrina hit and gas shot really high around Atlanta.

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christian134 09/12/08 - 06:16 am
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clearview how in the world do

clearview how in the world do you travel from a massive hurricane, rising gas prices to George Bush? You must believe on that winding road of yours that George has the Almighty's power eh....

paulwitherspoon
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paulwitherspoon 09/12/08 - 06:21 am
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Price of a barrel of oil fell

Price of a barrel of oil fell again yesterday, gasoline for Oct delivery went up 7.5c. Local gasoline outlets raising prices 12-20c yesterday with more to come is simply price gauging at the local level. As for Moses, he's your typical democratic/obama voter---has no clue, but is allowed to vote anyway!

angie611
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angie611 09/12/08 - 06:22 am
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Buffy the gasoline station

Buffy the gasoline station slayer.

angie611
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angie611 09/12/08 - 06:32 am
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I want to know Buffy's

I want to know Buffy's opinion on this matter at hand.

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aaa 09/12/08 - 06:39 am
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Absolutely Bush's fault! It's

Absolutely Bush's fault! It's all Bush's fault! I follow Moses to the promised land on this one! Raining on your day off? Bush's fault. Coffee from Starbuck's too hot? Bush's fault. Constipated? Bush's fault. Moses has done been to the mountain. He has looked over that mountain. He has seen that everything is Bush's fault!

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PTHS2 09/12/08 - 06:48 am
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paulwither - I'm not trying

paulwither - I'm not trying to defend them. But, you need to check the morning price quotes for wholesale gasoline. That number you quoted is way, way off. I don't have the exact numbers in front of me but futures were over $4/gal cost to retailer before I went to bed.

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justthefacts 09/12/08 - 06:49 am
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I with double standard on

I with double standard on this one. During Mccain's acceptance speech, I saw him wink and give a thumbs up to someone in the audience. Now we know who it was...a BIG OIL executive.

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bigdaddogg 09/12/08 - 06:53 am
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Just want to share a personal

Just want to share a personal observation....nothing scientific about it at all. I've been traveling this summer in my camper up and down the East Coast, so had to re-fuel my diesel truck a number of times in a bunch of different states. When I started out in July, diesel fuel prices here in Augusta were running about $4.79/gallon. When I got to Massachusetts (one of the highest taxed states on the East Coast), prices were about the same as here in Augusta. As the summer progressed, fuel prices were consistently dropping, and the lowest I paid was in Virginia at $3.42/gallon. From PA through SC, prices were all under $4.00/gallon. Silly me, I thought that there would be a corresponding drop in the Augusta area. The price here is about $4.19/gallon at every Circle K in the area. Even the Pilot station on Riverwatch Parkway and I-20 is down to $3.92 as of yesterday. Do you think it's possible that with Circle K buying up all the stations that they're artificially controlling the prices in the Augusta area? Seems to me there's something fishy when gas prices in Augusta are higher than the Northeast states......where are the Boardman's when you need them. LOL

keepinitreal
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keepinitreal 09/12/08 - 07:01 am
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Why panic? We have no choice

Why panic? We have no choice but to go with the flow unless you have your own personal storage bin to keep gas in. If you filled up 2 or 3 days ago, you are still gonna need to replace or completely refill sooner or later unless you are barely or not driving at all. I see no need for complaining unless you have to commute to a place not close to home which still won't matter unless you can carpool or something. If it increases and I'm sure it will, then hey, either you get it or you don't. If you are required to use your vehicle and it takes gas to do so then you gotta do what you gotta do.

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georgiaboy30909 09/12/08 - 07:07 am
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Zeno can you get anymore

Zeno can you get anymore stupid than you already are.

Jillian
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Jillian 09/12/08 - 07:07 am
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Here in Ohio gas prices went

Here in Ohio gas prices went from $3.43 per gallon to $3.76 four hours later...and yes, George Bush has a vested interest in the oil companies and is laughing all the way to the bank. His time in office has contributed more to the demise of our country than any other Pres. in my lifetime.

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 09/12/08 - 07:12 am
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The sorry Democrats are the

The sorry Democrats are the ones for all the high pricing. Everything went up when they went into office. Bush can not help what a hurricane does. You people keep blaming the wrong ones. Democrats are all lawyers wanting more and more money.
Republicans are real working people.

bekcy
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bekcy 09/12/08 - 07:13 am
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why dont they build rigs up

why dont they build rigs up north where the weatherisnt so rough???

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ex-Augustan1 09/12/08 - 07:14 am
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You people who think that

You people who think that Bush has anything to do with this are just as ignorant as your comments. Bush has absolutly nothing to do with the price of gas in Augusta... blame that on the owners of the gas stations who will do anything to make an extra buck... I blame your ignorance on lack of political education and being down-right stubborn!

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GuyIncognito 09/12/08 - 07:17 am
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Jillian, how old are you,

Jillian, how old are you, eight?

rufus
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rufus 09/12/08 - 07:18 am
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Jillian, you are an idiot.

Jillian, you are an idiot. Stick your head back in your corn shooter

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imdstuf 09/12/08 - 07:18 am
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PTHS blames people for not

PTHS blames people for not drilling, even though as someone else pointed out, oil is not going up, just the gas. How would drilling help when the oil companies are cutting output of oil (We would not control the oil drilled here anymore than the oil drilled theere...we would just allow those same companies to drill on our land).

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