The great progressive state of West Virginia will have a lot less cars, pickup trucks, and ATVs on her country roads this Friday authorities warn:
At least two West Virginia counties have been scrambling to find enough fuel to run their emergency vehicles and public transportation systems following looming fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The Transit Authority in Huntington, which supplies fuel to its fleet of buses, ambulances for Cabell County Emergency Services and to the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, only has enough gasoline for police cruisers until Friday, Vickie Shaffer, TTA general manager, told The Herald-Dispatch for Wednesday’s edition. Diesel fuel for buses and county ambulances would dwindle by the middle of next week. She said,
“What we have here in my opinion is an early indication the problem is bigger than we thought it would be. We may have an interruption in fuel, and we need to address that.”
The problem could spread to consumer outlets, where the price of regular gasoline jumped 50 cents overnight in some areas from $2.59 a gallon to $3.09 on Wednesday.
Cabell County is not alone. Officials in Kanawha County also are facing short supplies of gasoline and diesel.
Gov. Joe “Republicrat” Manchin (~D) hopes to assist to ease any bottlenecks that may develop in the motor fuel supply lines to the state, spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg said Wednesday.
“We’re working with (the West Virginia Oil Marketers And Grocers Association) to keep in contact with the local distributors to see what problems they’re facing. The governor has also been in contact with the national companies.”
I personally can attest to the price in Morgantown going up 35 cents in a day from $2.74 to $3.09. Tuesday night at around 10:30PM the local Sheetz gas station was packed with cars…