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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Westport Gas Prices, Like Elsewhere, Expected to Jump

By Jonathan Thrope

If you haven’t already gassed up your car today, you might want to do it before midnight.

A Westport gas station owner, who requested anonymity, told WestportNow today that his prices will jump by 40 cents as of midnight tonight in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

He said that he is being told by his suppliers that gasoline allotments are going to get tighter and that it’s “going to get real dirty.”

The owner said he fears that his supplier in New Haven may run out of gas sometime next week. He said he is already worrying about his rent since his gas sales will almost definitely drop in the coming weeks.

The price hikes are a direct result of the impact Hurricane Katrina has had on the Gulf Coast.

President Bush, in an address to the nation late this afternoon, said, “Our citizens must understand this storm has disrupted the capacity to make gasoline and to distribute gasoline.”

According to CNN.com, the hurricane forced operators to shut down more than a tenth of the nation’s refining capacity and a quarter of its oil production.

It said that two major pipelines along the eastern United States. are closed due to power outages, and it is unclear when they will both be back and running.


Posted 08/31/05 at 09:31 PM  Permalink


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Exxon regular to-day in Westport was $2.99 a gallon. Plus a 40 cent increase as of 12 Midnight is gettoing close to prohibitive for many. Does this apply to the supply already on hand?

A. Beasley

Posted by A. Beasley on September 01, 2005 at 12:09 AM | #

why not try getting rid of your ridiculous SUVs and Hummers??

Posted by gasguzzlerssuck on September 01, 2005 at 02:41 PM | #

Hummers are SUVs.

Posted by JeffK on September 01, 2005 at 04:29 PM | #

JeffK, Hummers are weapons of mass distraction, one step above SUV status, and just below Caddy Escalades.

Posted by wally woods on September 01, 2005 at 05:23 PM | #

(I’m assuming you’re being sarcastic, Wally)  It’s not as simple as vilifying a particular type of vehicle. Compare the gas consumption of an SUV driven 8 miles/day with a Honda Accord driven 60 miles/day. The SUV’s using 1/2gal/day, the Accord 2 gals/day. Which is contributing more to global warming and dependance on the middle east?

Posted by JeffK on September 01, 2005 at 05:41 PM | #

If we could get everyone into the Accord and only drive 8 miles per day, they would only be using about 1/4 gallon per day!  Less need for warming to the Middle East…

Posted by Mordecai Arrowhead on September 01, 2005 at 05:55 PM | #

my be all the moms and dads in town should put there kids on the empty school bus and then car pool to work.

Posted by mike on September 01, 2005 at 09:46 PM | #

Gas prices are not that high. Higher then what we are used to yes, but after a while we will get used to these prices. It could be a lot worse. People have a choice to drive any vechile they want, Mr. Woods. Do not knock them for doing so.

Posted by Biff on September 02, 2005 at 03:57 PM | #