Local gas stations are running out of regular gasoline

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Some local gas stations are running out of regular gasoline.

You may have noticed gas prices climbing and may have even had some trouble filling up your tank Tuesday.

A pipeline moving more than 100-million gallons of gasoline and other fuel each day from Houston to New York was shut down after a cyber-attack.

The pipeline is the largest pipeline in the country.

In Kentucky, the pipeline closure impacts are much smaller than in more southern and eastern states, but gas prices have risen, and triple-A East Central media spokesperson Lynda Lambert said they expect the prices to rise 3 to 7 cents per gallon throughout the rest of the week.

“The longer the shut down goes on, the more impactful it could be on prices. Looking further out, it’s just impossible to say, at this point, what the increase could be. But this is the time of year, every year, when gas prices typically go up,” said Lambert.

Locally people are concerned about the recent gas price hike as well as the gas shortage in different areas.

“I’m a little bit concerned about it considering the fact that I lived so far out. And a lot of people I work with live far out in the outskirts of town. It’s one of those situations where we really don’t have an option,” said Dustin Lane, a local resident.

Lane says he drives 35 minutes to and from work everyday and that uses a lot of gas in his Jeep.

Another local resident says the gas problems are frustrating.

“I don’t live far away from work but I do do a lot of traveling in Bowling Green going back and forth between doctors appointments for my son and stuff like that so yeah, it’s not fun,” said Jessica Kinzer, a local resident.

The timing is inconvenient to say the least.

“People haven’t seen their grandparents or parents in a long time. I’ve been seeing online reuniting videos of people that have been vaccinated, you know, and it’s beautiful so I hope, you know, this happened at a really bad time,” said Kinzer.

One local gas station, the Speedway on Walton Avenue, was completely out of regular and plus gasoline Tuesday evening.

And this may only be the beginning.

The colonial pipeline says it has some smaller lines flowing again following Friday’s cyberattack, but the main system is still down.

On Sunday, the company that owns the pipeline said it is in the process of restoring the I.T. systems affected by the hackers.