Gas expert: Abilene gets supply from West, "nothing to cause shortages" in this area

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A gas expert says there is no need to worry about shortages in Abilene because most gas shipped to the area comes from the West, not the Gulf coast. 

McMurry University Professor Dr. Paul Mason told KTAB and KRBC people have been flocking to pumps across the State in droves after learning several refineries in the Houston area have been shut down due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. 

Despite the public perception, Mason says there is no shortage from the refinery closures in this region.

He says "I don't think the people over here [Abilene] should worry because I think a number of our local get their refined gasoline from the other direction. Not from The Gulf, but rather from the West, and there's nothing to cause shortages from that direction."

However, he did highlight the fact that a small short-term shortage that was affecting other areas of Texas is "being exacerbated by the panic of  gasoline buyers who are afraid they won't be able to get the gas they need."

Dr. Mason believes that the gas supply and prices should stabilize soon, saying "refineries will get up and go over the weekend and by the end of next week, things should be going to being relatively normal."

Multiple media stations in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Waco, Lubbock, Houston, Wichita Falls, and more are reporting similar mass hysteria at the gas pumps in their regions.

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton says there is "no need to fear shortages" of gas across the state, but he does expect prices to climb over the next few weeks as refineries work to get back online. 

Tonight on KRBC News at 5PM, 6PM, and 10PM, reporter Pheben Kassahun will have more from Dr. Mason on the incorrectly perceived fuel shortage and she'll touch on what you all should do in the meantime. 

 


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