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Gas shortages hit the East Coast.

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posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:16 AM

Gas shortages hit the East Coast

Some gasoline distribution terminals from Virginia to Massachusetts are seeing shortages as the industry phases out a water-polluting additive, the U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday.

The Energy Department has reported shortages at terminals near Richmond, Virginia, as well as the Tidewater area near Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach which distribute gasoline to service stations.


Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Boston are also seeing shortages, the department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability said.



Pumps go dry at some gas stations: Problems at refineries have disrupted some supplies. AAA warned that problems could continue for weeks - and drive prices higher.

As if rising prices weren't enough, the tanks have run dry at some Philadelphia-area service stations in the last few days as the refining industry stumbles through a change in the formulation of gasoline.

Oil refiners are phasing out a petrochemical that makes gasoline burn cleaner but which also has been found to contaminate groundwater. Refiners are switching to corn-based ethanol.

The changeover is creating supply-chain bottlenecks because much work must be done at fuel terminals and service stations to handle ethanol.



Gas shortages spread across Hampton Roads

A shortage of available retail gasoline spread across Hampton Roads on Wednesday, leaving customers staring at filling-station nozzles covered in plastic bags and homemade signs that read “no gas.”

Stations in every city ran dry, while prices – already averaging $2.82 a gallon for regular unleaded – were poised to break the $3 barrier before the start of the summer season.

The scarce supplies and higher prices were driven by a triple whammy reverberating through the retail fuel business: the conversion to gasoline with new ethanol-based additives , surging world crude-oil prices and the annual industry switch to lower-smog-producing summer blends.


What a mess.... :shk:

[edit on 21-4-2006 by loam]

posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:26 AM
It seems very suspicious to me that they would just stop producing this environmentally bad fuel instead of just slowly phasing it out.
Considering the bad fuel has been used for, how long? They care that much to abruptly lose those profits???

I don't know, sounds fishy.

Is it that MMT stuff? I don't think Canadian gas is allowed to have that stuff anyway.

posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:34 AM

posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:35 AM
Text To Bad for the East Coast!
I'm a west coast cat!

posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:39 AM
It's an additive that is used during the winter season here on the east coast.....we have this every year........stop attempting to blow this out of proportion!

posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:40 AM
Sounds fishy to me too. A little too convenient, and a little hard to believe they made no provisions, no better planning for this change over. They're either doofuses or they think we are.

If it was something they had planned, they could have mentioned it sooner.....given us some warning. Or....... I wonder if they have gotten wind of any possible boycotts and decided to try and throw a "pre-emptive scare" in to us first!! ( I have gotten some emails proposing that targeting one company could have some leverage in bringing their prices down, then hopefully creating a price war that would force more companies to lower theirs as well!!)

posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 11:46 AM
Remember this when you don't get cancer. I know you won't, but this painful moment may add years to your life

With these air quality benefits, why is there concern with the use of MTBE?

A growing number of studies have detected MTBE in ground water throughout the country; in some instances these contaminated waters are sources of drinking water. Low levels of MTBE can make drinking water supplies undrinkable due to its offensive taste and odor.

Is MTBE harmful to humans?

The majority of the human health-related research conducted to date on MTBE has focused on effects associated with the inhalation of the chemical. When research animals inhaled high concentrations of MTBE, some developed cancers or experienced other non-cancerous health effects. To date, independent expert review groups who have assessed MTBE inhalation health risks...have not concluded that the use of MTBE-oxygenated gasoline poses an imminent threat to public health. However, researchers have limited data about what the health effects may be if a person swallows (ingests) MTBE. EPA's Office of Water has concluded that available data are not adequate to estimate potential health risks of MTBE at low exposure levels in drinking water but that the data support the conclusion that MTBE is a potential human carcinogen at high doses. Recent work by EPA and other researchers is expected to help determine more precisely the potential for health effects from MTBE in drinking water.

As you can see, MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) is a cancer-causing compund when inhaled. Although insufficent research has been done on ingested (through contaminated water) MTBE, there is enough concern to take it off the self. Luckily, you will know if your water is contaminated with MTBE. If your water smells like turpentine (paint thinner), I'd suggest setting up a lawsuit immediately
. MTBE makes the exhaust of our automobiles cleaner, however, which is the reason for its use. Corn Ethanol will produce the same results, sans the cancer.

Toad, the reason for taking it out now is the simple fact that it has caused so much damage in the past. How would they phase it out? Have some gas stations switch to ethanol, while some will be able to sell with the cheaper MTBE additive? This is the only way, but it is for a very good cause- cleaner air and water!

Geesh, where's the optimism anymore?

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