Gas stations across the southeastern part of the country are seeing gas prices spike this morning in anticipation of Hurricane Ike's effect on the offshore oil rigs and gas refineries along the Texas coast.

Hurricane Ike is on a path straight toward the nation's biggest complex of refineries and petrochemical plants, and that's raising worries about gasoline supplies.

Exxon Mobil, Valero Energy, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil are
among the companies that have stopped refinery operations on the
Texas coast.

One convenience store chain is asking customers in 11 states, including Alabama, to limit purchases to 10 gallons.

The Pantry doesn't have any supply problems yet, but it says it's trying "to head off any panic buying."

A spokeswoman says the limit is voluntary and customers have been receptive.

The Pantry owns 1,600 stores, mostly in the Southeast.

People lined up at gas stations across the wiregrass last night after rumors circulated about supply problems and price increases as much as $1.50 per gallon.

Officials say this morning there are no shortages, but that panic buying caused by those false rumors caused some service stations to run out of gas.

They say the supply lines are running normally and service stations will get their normal deliveries of fuel today.


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  • by ired of dothan gas prices Location: working out of town on Sep 13, 2008 at 01:00 PM
    Why does the city leaders and the state allow just a few companies and business owners to control the price of gas and diesel fuel in Dothan.I am from dothan but am currently working out of town where the price of regular gas is 3.59 a gal with diesel @ 3.97.When will our state and local officials wake up and address the issue that has been here for years now,greed on the part of a few buisness owners in dothan.Also I wonder even if this posting will be even allowed to be printed?
  • by citizen on Sep 13, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    Department Of Energy File a complaint. Visit http://gaswatch.energy.gov/
  • by Jack Location: Hartford on Sep 13, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    Slocomb and Hartford Inland is own by the same people...What happen? The Town of Hartford is a rip off!
  • by Missy Location: Enterprise on Sep 12, 2008 at 05:23 PM
    I wanted to report gas price gouging in my town. The INLAND 606 - 1202 BOLL WEEVIL CIRCLE, ENTERPRISE, AL 36330 is selling gas on 9/12/08 for $4.49 per gallon when all the other gas stations are between $3.59 to even $4.09 - something is not right!
  • by Don Location: Brown on Sep 12, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    If panic buyong caused them to run out of gas, can they explain why they raised the price to criminal levels. WTVY's reporting is missing the point. You guys should be exposing and confronting these price gougers and putting pressure on Troy King to prosecute, instead of talking about panic buying. Criminal activity is more newsworthy that rumors.
  • by Tabitha Location: Ozark on Sep 12, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    The Inland in Ozark on Broad street is $4.39 the last I saw. Seems to me the Inland stores want to rip people off !!!
  • by Joe Castro Location: Enterprise on Sep 12, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    Is anybody investigating price gouging at the pump? The price of a gallon of gas has jumped by about a dollar a gallon.
  • by Chris Location: Graceville, FL on Sep 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    I see you talk about price gouging on gasoline. Sadly, I was informed by Marilyn Mitchell today that Alabama has NO law regulating the price of gas UNLESS Governor Bob Riley declares a state of emergency. I am a FL resident and we have laws that protect us against this. I also work at Farley nulcear plant and commute round trip 80 miles per day to work. PLEASE, I beg of you the good citizens to contact the AL Governor @ 334-242-7100 or Attorney General Troy King @ 334-242-7300 and 800-392-5658 or contact your area state legislator and demand that this come to an immediate halt. You elect your legislator to work for you. You do not work for your legislator. If they will not work for you, please vote them out of office. Again, I beg of you to flood the AL Governor's office, AL Atty. Gen. office and your state legislator with constant phone call and bring this gross violation to a end.
  • by Christopher Location: Ozark on Sep 12, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    These people should be fined, jailed, and shut down for this ridiculous show of greed. There is no reason for the price to go up. The "people in the business" started a nasty rumor to take advantage of us. I say sue them and jail them.
  • by Dave Location: Mcintosh on Sep 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    Here we go again! The media has been reporting a increase in gas supplies due to reduced demand. There is no reason to maintain high gas prices with the price of a barrel of oil falling. Now greedy service station owners are raising the price on speculation of what may or may not happen tomorrow. Isnt there a law against gouging in a crisis.
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