posted on Oct, 1 2008 @ 06:17 AM
I worked for a petroleum hauler for five years, in fact, one of the biggest in Atlanta - If you live in the Southeast you have seen their trucks on
the road. With that background let me share a few facts about the industry which hauls the fuel to your local station.
The companies that haul the fuel are mostly contracters, that means it isn't BP or Shell ( even if they have the logos on their trailers) that is
delivering the fuel. My company had trucks with logos from many different suppliers. Most of your stations aren't owned by the oil companies either,
what happens is the station owner pays the oil company a price for using their logo and promises to only buy the branded fuel for the logo which they
display. Places like Sam's Club and Wal-Mart buy unbranded fuel (Both of these were huge accounts for us).
Tankers work locally. Tankers aren't going to come from more then a couple of hundred miles away if that. It just isnt' worth for a truck to come
from any significant distance with a measley 8800 Gallons of gasoline. In the five years I worked for one of the biggest haulers of fuel in the
Southeast we never once shipped fuel any further then Jacksonville ( I worked at the Tampa terminal)
It's not the haulers fault, they load the fuel at either a pipeline ( IN Orlando for example ) or at a port ( Tampa) , If it isn't available there
then they isn't anything they can do about it.
I've worked through a couple of hurricanes and frankly I find the current situation fishy, anytime a hurricane is close both the haulers and the
suppliers will plan ahead to keep shortages from happening - Then again I haven't worked in the industry for five years so maybe things have
I'd just like to say also that tanker drivers work their asses off for what I consider a crap wage - If you see one in an area of shortages, please
rememeber that and don't take out your frustrations on him or her.