Knoxville man says: “I’d rather just walk” after seeing current gas prices

Gas stations see uptick in consumption after cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 1:31 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - People in East Tennessee headed to the pump may have to try two or three gas stations before they find enough fuel supply. A cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline has many fearing a potential shortage of fuel. As of Tuesday night, the pipeline was still shut down, and the company said the issue should be resolved by the end of the week, but the affects of the shutdown are being felt across our area.

At one point in Knoxville, a gallon of regular gas rose to $3.25 at a Weigel’s, which is a steeper ask than the usual $2.60 to $2.70 that other gas stations listed their prices.

Martice Jackson at the Ingles on Kingston Pike said he walked to the store to get some food instead of driving. He said that gas was almost three dollars and he would rather just walk, trekking 20 minutes back home.

Others waited in lines at Ingles for anywhere from five to ten minutes. That location had every option of gas available, but was still $2.79 a gallon, something that caused many people to not even look at their total when it came up on the screen.

Business owners said they’re worried about a potential shortage. Hancock County farmer Jody Morris told WVLT News her town is running low on fuel, so she hit the road to fill up her tank. She said she goes through two to three tanks of gas a week, so with a gas shortage, she won’t be able to do her normal business.

While the Kroger in Powell only had a little bit of diesel and regular gas left, some waited in line to fill up their tank.

Gas Buddy says that if you don’t have to fill up, they’re advising you don’t saying that stockpiling will only add to the problem. Experts said that could trigger a shortage, and create long lines of people wanting to fill up, or even hoard gas.

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