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HARVEY RELIEF

Fuel industry works to restore production
By WCN Staff


Drivers overflow the area around the Murphy USA gas pumps in Floresville Aug. 31, as rumors of gas shortages in the wake of Hurricane Harvey sent Texans flocking to fill their fuel tanks. 
N. KILBEY-SMITH/Reprints at mywcn.com/photos Drivers overflow the area around the Murphy USA gas pumps in Floresville Aug. 31, as rumors of gas shortages in the wake of Hurricane Harvey sent Texans flocking to fill their fuel tanks. N. KILBEY-SMITH/Reprints at mywcn.com/photos Although Hurricane Harvey forced refineries along the Texas coast to temporarily suspend full production, production is resuming, according to the Texas Food and Fuel Association.

Fuel distributors are experiencing long lines at fuel terminals; some wait up to 10 hours to fill the trucks. This is contributing to diminished supplies to gas stations. Consumers will see gas stations without fuel, but only at times.

The priority, as emergency relief efforts continue in the storm-impacted areas, is to ensure emergency responders have the necessary fuel resources.

As consumers across Texas descended on gas stations last week to refuel, responding to rumors of shortages, Texas Attorney Ken Paxton warned gas stations against price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

More than 500 complaints were received Aug. 31, Paxton said, many involving allegations of high fuel prices in Dallas, including amounts ranging from $6 to $8 per gallon.

Report fraud to the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-621- 0508, consumeremergency@oag.texas.gov, or www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. Consumers are encouraged to submit photos and photocopies of gas receipts with their complaints, if possible.

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