Triad Gas Stations Take Hit Due To Gas Shortage

Winston-Salem: Drivers Feel Minimal Impact From Gas Shortage

WINSTON-SALEM, NC- Business for some Triad gas stations is taking a hit due to the Colonial Pipeline spill in Alabama.

Mechanic Jonathan Porter of the Shell station near Clemonsville Road and Main Street in Winston-Salem said they ran out of gasoline Saturday.

Porter said the station received a couple of shipments of regular only since then. It received one Tuesday morning.

Porter said the station usually gets about 9,000 gallons of regular during a normal shipment. But he said because of the shortage, it's gotten only 1,500 gallons each shipment.

That means business has been taking a hit.

“The less gas we have, the less business we have come in,” Porter said. “That's less money. So it's not really working out in the business' favor. But it could be worse. We could be completely out.”

Porter said the station is worried its supply won’t last much longer. Workers are not sure when they're getting another one.

Meanwhile, many drivers WFMY News 2 spoke with said the gas shortage and increase at the pump hasn’t been an inconvenience.

"I’ve seen prices fluctuating like two cents, maybe five cents, but nothing too crazy,” Nichlas Carter of Winston-Salem said.

"There's others way you can get around the price of gas going up,” Brian Smith of Winston-Salem said. “Ride a bike or car pool or do whatever you gotta do."

Colonial Pipeline said gas flow should begin again Wednesday.

Gas Buddy experts said the price of gasoline may still continue to rise slightly in the next few days. They said prices should go down next week.

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