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When will terminals receive gas deliveries?

Two terminals near North Augusta received gasoline shipments Monday and expected more today, said Emily Thompson, a spokeswoman for Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

Michael Fields, the executive director of the South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association, said he doesn't have a time line for when other terminals will receive supply.

"It really depends on who their supplier is and the location. We're hearing different things," Mr. Fields said. "I think it's a case-by-case basis."

Wholesalers have told Mr. Fields they are uncertain of the grade of gasoline (regular, premium or diesel) that will be available at the terminal. Even when they are told a particular grade is at the terminal, it could be gone when they get there, he said.

Why did this happen?

Hurricane Ike shut down 27 percent of the country's refining capacity in the past four days.

"That's a significant hit. The Gulf Coast is where we get our product, and we're dependent on what happens there," Mr. Fields said.

Red Cavaney, the president of the American Petroleum Institute, which represents the major oil companies, told The Associated Press that refineries appeared to have escaped a repeat of the widespread damage three years ago from Hurricane Katrina.

When will supply return to normal?

It could take up to two weeks, said John Butler, the president of Koger-Walters Oil Co. in Augusta. Koger-Walters is a wholesaler for 21 BP gas stations in five counties.

It takes about seven days to get a shut-down refinery up and running, he said.

Recent allocations have been reduced from 40,000 gallons to 9,000 gallons per day.

Why are gas prices so high?

"People are upset about the price, and what they need to understand is the major oil companies have raised the price for in-state wholesalers multiple times since Thursday," Mr. Fields said. "Those costs are going to be unfortunately passed along. This whole thing has been a slap in the face to the whole petroleum chain all the way down to the consumer."

Some of the higher prices are attributable to stations going farther than North Augusta to get gasoline to sell, which adds to the price at the pump.

How do our prices compare to other places?

Augusta has the highest average gasoline price in Georgia, according to the AAA daily fuel gauge report. On Monday, Augusta's average price was $4.399 per gallon for regular gasoline. The next highest on the list was Albany at $4.309.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

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NEone
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NEone 09/16/08 - 01:25 am
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So why are Augusta's prices

So why are Augusta's prices the highest in Georgia? Where's the rest of the story?

ss30809
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ss30809 09/16/08 - 01:29 am
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It's like the story just

It's like the story just stops.

jebko
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jebko 09/16/08 - 03:18 am
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it ran outa gas?

it ran outa gas?

LocalThives
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LocalThives 09/16/08 - 03:53 am
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Saturday at the BP in
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Saturday at the BP in Hephzibah gas was $5.99, sunday it was back down to $4.79, will never trade with them again, the girl said it was BP who raised the price. These C stores were looking to take advantage, no dought.

LocalThives
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LocalThives 09/16/08 - 03:59 am
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Saturday at the BP in
Unpublished

Saturday at the BP in Hephzibah gas was $5.99, sunday it was back down to $4.79, will never trade with them again, the girl said it was BP who raised the price. These C stores were looking to take advantage, no dought.

mawtnez
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mawtnez 09/16/08 - 05:03 am
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I'd guess the reason our

I'd guess the reason our prices are so high is that Augusta residents fed the "topping off" frenzy ahead of the price increases faster and with more vigor than any other city in Georgia. No matter what the oil companies tell you, higher than usual demand plus lower than usual supply = higher prices.

areyoukidding
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areyoukidding 09/16/08 - 05:49 am
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there is also the price

there is also the price gouging gas owners. this behavior you describe happened everywhere in georgia!!!!!!!!!! not just in augusta. yet our prices were higher than anywhere else.

lovingmom
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lovingmom 09/16/08 - 05:57 am
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You think Augusta has the

You think Augusta has the highest gas prices. Come to Thomson and compare. Augusta is getting a bargain.

WhiteboyforJenkins
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WhiteboyforJenkins 09/16/08 - 06:02 am
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Yea...this article is a joke.

Yea...this article is a joke. I drove from Tenn to Augusta yesterday and the highest price between here and there was 4.19, most were at 3.99 (which is a joke in and of itself). Augusta is getting raped by the wholesalers and retailers in the area and there is no doubt about!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/16/08 - 06:07 am
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and after all of the whining,

and after all of the whining, the prices will go down and everyone will go back to buying gas at their usual location.

angelic one
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angelic one 09/16/08 - 06:11 am
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Over on wrightsboro road....

Over on wrightsboro road.... near the mall (both Kroger and the BP there) .... I saw it Sunday for 3.99 and yes at that time they had gas !!! Now mind you .. I haven't been over there since... so it may have gone up !!! Might wanna give it a shot and pass by there just to see if it's still like that .... Yeah .... good luck !! :)

Reality
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Reality 09/16/08 - 06:31 am
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You should remember the ones

You should remember the ones that have gouged you , but you won't, people have very short memories.....

Captain Awesome
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Captain Awesome 09/16/08 - 06:41 am
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I'm gonna ride my bike to

I'm gonna ride my bike to work

TEDDY1
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TEDDY1 09/16/08 - 06:51 am
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regardless of where the gas

regardless of where the gas prices go.....we have to have it.....so either one stop driving or two stop crying about it...if you are tooo broke to drive then stop....it is as simple as that...

flowergirl
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flowergirl 09/16/08 - 07:10 am
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Angelic one, the gas stations

Angelic one, the gas stations at the Kroger and BP on Wrightsboro rd is out of gas been that way since Sunday, most all of the gas station's on Wrightsboro is out gas right now.

angelic one
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angelic one 09/16/08 - 07:14 am
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Awww ok then ...... just a

Awww ok then ...... just a long shot for everyone !!! Thanks for that !! :)

batmanahol5
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batmanahol5 09/16/08 - 07:15 am
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Teddy1 you might want to

Teddy1 you might want to rethink your statement. When gas prices go up EVERYTHING goes up. Food, retail, services, the works. I'm not broke but could easily become so.... My budget along with most of Augusta can't handle a 25% increase in energy costs.

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Bommer 09/16/08 - 07:39 am
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this is a joke! the local

this is a joke! the local wholesalers and stations are gouging us here in augusta. i understand the law of supply and demand but in this case its greed. when all the stations started raising their prices they never took a new load of fuel. so the gas that was already in the ground was being sold at today prices.
also before circle k bought all the smile stations we had the cheapest gas in the state. i sure miss smile.

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Riverman1 09/16/08 - 07:46 am
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Something's not right. No

Something's not right. No where in the country did the price of gas increase as it did in Augusta. I was on the phone with someone in NY yesterday and he told me that their prices didn't change. The entire state has seen an increase, but Augusta's was far out of line.

tl-bro
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tl-bro 09/16/08 - 07:48 am
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John Butler is the

John Butler is the "president" of Koger-Walters?? Hasn't he been unemployed, filed bankruptcy, etc. and now a political friend has made him president of his oil company? What a joke.

thistownisunbelievable
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thistownisunbelievable 09/16/08 - 07:58 am
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Amen, Riverman. And not

Amen, Riverman. And not surprisingly, I didn't notice a mea culpa in this article. The AC has a lot to do with the high prices in Augusta whether they admit it or not. That article they ran on Friday morning whipped everybody into a frenzy and caused prices to go up almost $1 in one day. Then they got to report all weekend on the story they and other media yahoos created. And it's got all of us still reading. Pretty good racket.

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pbritt 09/16/08 - 08:04 am
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When the paper goes up 25

When the paper goes up 25 cents then you know that we are all in trouble. For the first time in five years I did not buy the paper yesterday or today. Also I will not be buying gas this week neither. I'm taking vacation days.

a different drum
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a different drum 09/16/08 - 08:18 am
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I heard on a radio program a

I heard on a radio program a few weeks ago -- before the gas shortage. That at the rate we were buying foreign oil at the current price then -- in about 7 years the middle eastern countries would have enough money to buy all the businesses in the United States -- I think this has a lot to do with our gas and banking problems -- then there is also all these cheep products coming in from China putting Americans out of work -- people need to wake up and take a serious look at what is going on... At the moment this country is like a person without a job living on credit. We need to get a job -- watch where our money goes -- and pay our debts off. We need to find some way to keep all this money going to the middle east for oil in this country.

reb007
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reb007 09/16/08 - 08:33 am
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Bturner,, I think you are

Bturner,, I think you are right. Everything is going wrong in this country. Will the American people wake up?? I sure hope so before it's too late.

reb007
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reb007 09/16/08 - 08:38 am
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No one has said anything

No one has said anything about the large gas storage tanks in Belvedere. I know for a fact that they are full. So, what's going on there?

a different drum
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a different drum 09/16/08 - 08:44 am
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I am not sure if they are

I am not sure if they are doing this on purpose or if the panic buying actually caused problems with the supply. It should be over in a few days. This type of thing happen in the early 1970's as I remember -- it took about a week for all the gas stations to get back to normal and gas prices stayed high for a long time.

Cats
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Cats 09/16/08 - 08:47 am
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Augusta is not the only ones

Augusta is not the only ones with high prices. In Knoxville, TN gas is either 4.49 or 4.99 a gallon and some stations are reported as being over $5.00. I will be traveling to Augusta on Wednesday. What is the average price of gasoline and are there any shortages in Augusta or surrounding area? Please relpy.

reb007
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reb007 09/16/08 - 08:47 am
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Everyone should tell Walmart

Everyone should tell Walmart to buy American products. We should demand it. I will not shop there anymore until they make a change to help Americans. Jobs are being lost everywhere because of companies like this. Oil companies are making HUGE profits and the American people are suffering big time. Taxes are killing me and I might have to close my bussiness because I can't hardly make a profit because of high taxes. Something is very wrong in this great country.

reb007
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reb007 09/16/08 - 08:51 am
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cats, a lot of stations don't

cats, a lot of stations don't have gas and most of the ones that do are selling it for 4.99 though some are 4.19

AsItIs
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AsItIs 09/16/08 - 08:52 am
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I think you are EXACTLY

I think you are EXACTLY right, BT! Why can we not be independent? Did any foreign country come rushing over to help after IKE hit Texas? I don't think so......let's keep our $$ and our help at HOME in THE USA!

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