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Rodney Sitler puts fuels up at the H-E-B gas station in the block 2500 block of Trimmier Road in Killeen in June 2017.

Residents are reporting low levels of unleaded fuel at gas stations throughout the region as a spike in demand from South Texans fleeing Tropical Storm Harvey continues to impact availability.

H-E-B management confirmed Monday that area stores experienced temporary unleaded shortages at stores over the weekend but are working to ration fuel between locations.

“We are diligently monitoring and working to keep our fuel stations supplied during this time of spiking demand,” said Leslie Sweet, H-E-B director of public affairs in Austin. “We have a plan in place to continue to deliver fuel to all of our stations. If we do run out of unleaded temporarily, we will offer higher grades of gas at the lower unleaded price.”

Mickey’s Convenience Stores throughout the area have not reported any shortages despite a number of social media posts, according to Mickey’s owner and Vice President Karen Walinder.

Representatives from Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets could not be reached for comment.

Kevin Keller, spokesman for the city of Copperas Cove, said he had seen social media posts indicating shortages in Cove but could not independently verify the posts.

Killeen Director of Communications Hilary Shine said she was not aware of any confirmed shortages.

The city of Lampasas reported in a news release Sunday that multiple gas stations were experiencing a shortage of unleaded gas, with some stations being completely out of fuel.

“We are aware that some gas stations have just taken deliveries; however, it is unclear how long it will take to get the next load,” the release said.

The city said the shortage is a result of increased traffic from the south as people flee the storm.

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Alvin

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@THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME: And what 'king; are you referring to, the King of Killeen, the Oil petroleum king, 'of Saudi Arabia', or the King of the United States????

You state 'gas is headed up, by decree of the KING'. To which are you are you referring to????

Make sense if you would instead of the babble you speak.

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THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Gas is headed on up, by decree of the KING.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

As I still cannot 'copy' the words of this article, as I've printed before, 'I can still print'.

I've written earlier 'why are these refinery's 'elevating the cost for crude that is already payed for and that is sitting in the refinery's shore based crude oil storage tanks'???? And why does this cost immediately escalate when the crude in the said crude tanks 'is already paid for???? To my way of thinking, this crude should be weathered off 'before any cost escalation is to begin'????

As the 'storm' is to be blamed, 'why did not the refinery planners and schedulers, and each of the different company's 'Planners and schedulers' swing into operation and at least apply what I call 'a good guesstimate' as to what effect each company's
flow of products would be on that company and apply accordingly????

To me, I personally are of the opinion 'this is price gouging to its fullest extent'. This should not be allowed.

If the company in question is responsible for making the best profit they can make, why is it the responsibility for the patron of the gas station to 'bear this responsibility'????

The storm Hurricane Harvey was 'an act of nature' so why doesn't this individual company bear this responsibility, the cost of operating a company that self insures, and obsorbs the cost for 'an act of nature', instead of 'passing this on to every automobile owner.'???? In essence, my thinking on this subject is 'they immediately raise the cost of gasoline, they write off any and all exposures from the storm to get an additional tax write off. In essence, 'they once again get their cake and eat it too' whereas the customer 'takes it in the backside again'.

Is there no justice for the individual????

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